Silent Sultan plays a key role in Iran deal

Omani leader Sultan Qaboos bin Said

Britain and the US praise Sultan Qaboos of Oman for his initiative to bring Iran to the negotiating table to strike a deal over his nuclear projects. Just after the declaration of the deal, British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to Sultan Qaboos of Oman and thanked for his role in striking the deal….reports Asian Lite News

Omani leader Sultan Qaboos bin Said
Omani leader Sultan Qaboos bin Said

British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos of Oman and thanked him and his country for the incredible support they provided to help bring about the historic agreement with Iran on the nuclear programme this week. Both leaders welcomed the deal and agreed that this progress would lead to real stability, security and prosperity in the region.

They discussed how their 2 countries might work together further to reassure Gulf partners and His Majesty the Sultan of Oman welcomed the Prime Minister’s ongoing commitment to defence and security in the region.

Both expressed their concerns about getting humanitarian aid into southern Yemen and agreed to do more to help encourage groups within the country to come together and establish national unity.

Oman played a key role

Speaking to reporters, US Secretary of State John Kerry thanked nations including Oman for providing base for these negotiations over the last few years.

“Oman, not only hosted a number of important meetings, but also played a critical role in getting these talks off the ground in the first place.”

Oman’s Foreign Ministry in a statement called the accord “a fundamental and important stage on the path to a final agreement by June 30, which opens a new phase towards more security and stability regionally and internationally”.

The Sultanate expressed its great appreciation of Iran and five world powers on the historic achievement of the agreement.
Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al Busaidi hailed the agreement in a tweet as “a victory for peace and for the diplomacy of peace”.

Oman was a key intermediary when Tehran and Washington launched secret talks on a possible nuclear deal in 2013, and sees itself as a conciliator in the region.