Tehran, Apr 21, IRNA - First Vice President Parviz Davoudi said here Monday that Iran and Oman can raise investment in Kish gas field to dlrs 12 billion.
He made the remark in a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister for Council of Ministers of the Sultanate of Oman Fahad bin Mahmood Al-Said after signing a memorandum of understanding in the field of gas cooperation between Iran and Oman.
Davoudi added that the investment will stand at dlrs seven billion at the first step, and the figure will gradually increase to dlrs 12 billion.
Pointing to the fact that cooperation between the two countries will lead to expansion of bilateral relations, he noted that the development of relations between Iran and Oman can set a pattern for other regional countries to follow.
Davoudi also referred to talks with Omani Deputy King Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Saeed, saying that the discussions would help resolve regional problems, and that their negotiations covered the issues of Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon.
The two officials further conferred on the message of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) on regional issues.
Touching on the profound relations and cultural and religious commonalities between Iran and Oman, Davoudi added that this will help consolidate bilateral ties, and that the visit by the Omani official indicated satisfactory negotiations between Tehran and Muscat.
Iran and Oman are to set up committees to pursue cooperation in the field of tourism, he added.
President Ahmadinejad said that Oman is a brotherly country, calling for expansion of bilateral ties.
He also underscored the deep-rooted relations between Islamic Republic and Oman, expressing hope that the Al-Said's visit would help develop bilateral ties and the regional cooperation.
Ahmadinejad further said that the Iran-Oman cooperation should become a symbol for the regional countries.
Referring to the presence of foreign forces in the region, he said that they should leave the region soon or later.
The Iranian president said that they sow discord among the regional states to justify their continued presence in the region.
The president made it clear that there is no hindrance on the way of bolstering bilateral ties.
Al-Said, for his part, called for expansion of cooperation in all fields.
"Economic cooperation should increase in line with the political and security ties," the Omani deputy leader said.
Referring to the presence of President Ahmadinejad in Summit of Leaders of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council, al-Said said that presence of President Ahmadinejad in the meeting was honored by the leaders of Persian Gulf states.
He also stressed that the Islamic Republic's relations with members of PGCC is better than before, calling for bolstering of mutual ties.
He conveyed greetings of Sultan Qaboos to Iranian president, government and the nation.
Al-Said arrived in Tehran on Sunday afternoon at the head of a high-ranking delegation and was welcomed upon arrival at Imam Khomeini International Airport by Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.
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