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Oman can help smooth over Gulf and Iran relations, says diplomat

Published on Apr 11, 2014 11:22 PM
Oman’s Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Sayyid Badr Hamad Al-Busaidi, (left) fielding questions after his speech on Thursday to members of the Singapore Press Club, which was moderated by Mr Zainul Abidin, chairman of SPHRadio and a member of the Press Club. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE PRESS CLUB

Oman, a key intermediary between the West and Iran, can help ensure peace and stability in the Gulf region without isolating Iran, according to a top Omani diplomat visiting Singapore.

"We've got to recognise that Iran is after all a regional country in the Gulf, it is not a country that is alien to us," said Oman's Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sayyid Badr Hamad Al-Busaidi. He was addressing an audience attending Singapore Press Club's Eminent Speaker Series at the Mandarin Orchard Singapore on Thursday.

"You just can't isolate a country like Iran and claim you can achieve long-term peace and security in the region," Mr Sayyid Badr said, in response to a question about how Oman could help ease tensions in the Gulf region over Iran.

On Wednesday, the latest round of talks to limit Iran's nuclear programme ended on a positive note in Vienna, with US and Iranian officials claiming progress and preparing to enter more intensive talks next month to draft a written agreement.

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