Oman top diplomat visits Iran
TEHRAN: Iran’s top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif voiced support yesterday for reducing tensions in the Gulf as he hosted his counterpart from traditional mediator Oman for talks in Tehran. The visit by Oman’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Yusuf bin Alawi, came a week after he held a meeting in Washington with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. It is the second time since late July that bin Alawi has been sent to Iran by the sultanate, a past mediator between foes in the Middle East. The Iranian foreign ministry said Zarif, in talks with bin Alawi, had “emphasized the necessity of reducing tensions in the region”. Zarif said Iran was serious about a plan - dubbed the Hormuz Peace Endeavour - that it has put forward to reduce regional tensions. Pompeo said yesterday that Iran was the uniting factor behind protests around the Middle East, saying demonstrators in Iraq, Lebanon and Iran itself opposed the clerical regime.