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Oman's top diplomat in Iran talks amid mounting Gulf tensions

Reuters , Saturday 27 Jul 2019
Yousuf bin Alawi, Zarif (AFP)
Oman's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah (L) shakes hands with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on July 27, 2019. (Photo: AFP)
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Oman’s minister responsible for foreign affairs held talks with Iran's foreign minister on Saturday, Iranian state media reported, as tensions mount in the Gulf between Tehran and Washington.

Oman maintains friendly ties with both the United States and Iran and has previously been a go-between for the two countries, which severed diplomatic relations after the 1979 Iranian revolution.

Washington and Tehran are in a protracted stand-off over Iran’s nuclear and missile programmes, and tensions have flared after Iran downed a U.S. drone over the Gulf and the United States said it brought down at least one Iranian drone, which Tehran denied.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, state television reported, without giving details of the talks.

"The visit was conducted in the framework of bilateral relations and continuous consultations of the two countries with the aim of exchanging views on recent regional developments, bilateral relations, ...and international issues," state television reported.

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