Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Visit to Muscat

Enhancing relations with the world and neighbours has been the hallmark of  Dr. Rouhani's foreign policy. I joined the President and some members of his cabinet for his visit to Oman this week. Strengthening of bilateral relations and promoting mutual interest were on the agenda. Peace and stability in the Persian Gulf region and better economic relations are among the major objectives of this visit. In addition to an official welcome ceremony in the Royal Palace, and official reception and talks, we made several individual meetings . I met the Omani Minister of Environment and we spoke about the importance  of  joint training and educational activities as well as cooperation under international conventions. 
We signed an MOU on bilateral cooperation  for environmental activities this morning in the Ministry of Environment. I also paid a visit to the Qorum Protected  Area, which is a coastal wetland in Muscat. Later, I took part in the meeting of the President with local University Faculty members. Dr. Rouhani spoke about the importance of countering terrorism and extremism in the region. He emphasised upon the indispensible role of Academics in this regard. Favorable relations between our two countries can play a strategic role in enhancing prosperity and promoting peace in the Persian Gulf region.

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