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Iran’s FM visits Qatar, Oman as indirect talks with US see momentum

Qatar and Oman have maintained communications with Iran and Saudi Arabia, also playing a mediating role between Washington and Tehran.
Oman's Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood Albusaidi (R) meets with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Muscat, on April, 25, 2023. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian arrived in Qatar early on Tuesday, on the first leg of a regional tour that will also take him to Oman.

The Iranian top diplomat said in a tweet upon his arrival to the Qatari capital that his visit aims to strengthen relations with neighboring countries and follow up on previous agreements signed with these nations.

Shortly after landing in Doha, Amir-Abdollahian met with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani. The officials discussed the latest developments on the international and regional scenes, as well as the negotiations on a return to the Iran nuclear deal, Iran’s official news agency IRNA reported. The state-run Qatar News Agency also reported the meeting, saying the Iranian and Qatari officials touched on the bilateral relations and ways to enhance them.

Amir-Abdollahian is scheduled to visit Muscat next, in his second trip there since April. Back then, he met with his Omani counterpart and other officials to discuss the status of the Iran nuclear deal talks and the situation in Yemen.

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