Iran's Rouhani to visit Oman and Kuwait

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During the visit to Oman that took place on Wednesday at an official invitation by the Sultan of Oman, President Rouhani met with Sultan Qaboos, the Prince of Oman and a number of high-ranking officials of the country.

Iran and Kuwaiti national anthems were played by a military group of performers in the airport, and then Emir introduced welcoming officials to Mr. Rouhani as protocol demanded.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran welcomes deepening ties with the European Union members in all spheres.

Rouhani said in January that at least 10 countries including Kuwait have offered to mediate in the escalating feud between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain cut diplomatic relations with Iran in January 2016 after protesters torched the Saudi embassy in Tehran.

The struggle for influence has inflamed sectarianism across the region, and tensions between Iran and the GCC have only continued to increase after seeming to peak a year ago.

Rouhani will meet Sultan Qaboos later in the day for talks before leaving for Kuwait, his last stop in his two-leg tour.

In a meeting with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Ahmad Jaber al-Sabah, the Iranian President stressed that the two countries have closer political relations and economic ties should bolster as high as political relations. It is believed they focused on reducing hostilities between Iran and the GCC.

Rouhani made this remark to the press prior to his regional trip to the GCC countries trip.

It is highly unlikely that Iran will agree to the demands as a basis for talks, and there may be an initial focus on lower-hanging fruit to build confidence, such as getting Iranian pilgrims back to the Haj after Iran announced a boycott of the pilgrimage previous year.

The Gulf states fear that Tehran's nuclear energy program poses a threat to regional security.

The countries agreed earlier this month on a new route that will avoid the UAE's territorial waters.

Hailing Iran and Oman as the "historic guardians of the Strait of Hormuz" as a safe and free route for global trade, the president added that cooperation between the two countries greatly contributes to regional stability and development.

Rouhani arrived in Muscat on Wednesday to discuss the promotion of ties with the Persian Gulf Arab country.

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