Iran FM says Ashgabat transit deal was focus of his Oman visit

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said he and Omani officials discussed how to take advantage of the Ashgabat agreement, an international transit arrangement facilitating the transportation of goods between Central Asia and the Persian Gulf.

“We believe that given the geopolitical position of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the issue of transit, we should be able to implement this agreement as soon as possible,” Amirabdollahian said on Wednesday before leaving the Omani capital for Beirut.

The Ashgabat agreement, which came into force in 2016, was signed between Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, India, Pakistan, and Oman with the aim of creating an international transport and transit corridor between Central Asia and the Persian Gulf.

Iran’s top diplomat wrapped up a two-day visit to Muscat, where he held talks with senior Omani officials, including his counterpart Sayyid Badr Albusaidi and Sultan bin Mohammed al-Numan, minister of the Royal Office in the Sultanate of Oman.

Amirabdollahian said he discussed a broad range of regional and international issues with Omani officials, including economic, trade, energy, and transit projects between the two countries.

He said he was “pleased” that the process of implementing bilateral agreements between Iran and Oman has gained momentum.

Amirabdollahian expressed hope that the projects would be accelerated during a visit by Sultan Haitham bin Tarik to Iran in the future. “Of course, our colleagues are preparing documents for signing during that trip,” he noted.

Amirabdollahian said he and his Omani counterpart also discussed a number of important international developments, inducing the conflict in Ukraine.

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