Syrian foreign minister visits Oman

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in his first visit to an Arab state in nearly four years

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem met his Omani counterpart Yussef bin Alawi on Friday in Muscat, the capital of Oman in his first visit to a Gulf country since the beginning of conflict in Syria in 2011, according to Syrian media.

Diplomatic and political ties between Muscat and Damascus haven't disengaged, unlike other Gulf countries,

Muallem had been in Tehran before heading to Oman, where he had met with high-level Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani.

The Syrian minister also met with Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister and special representative to the Middle East.

Muallem’s visit to Tehran came after Iran had announced a new peace plan to put an end to Syria’s four-year conflict, which has killed more than 230,000 people.

The Iranian peace plan proposes according to Al Mayadeen television “an immediate ceasefire in Syria, the formation of a national unity government, the amendment of the Constitution… to guarantee rights for ethnic and religious minorities and for elections supervised by international observers.”

According to Middle East eye news website, a potential meeting is expected to be held among top diplomats from Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia.

TRTWorld and agencies