Tehran and Muscat seek to revive Iranian-Omani gas pipeline project

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Tehran and Muscat seek to revive Iranian-Omani gas pipeline project
President Ebrahim Raisi will arrive in Muscat on Monday in the first visit to Oman by an Iranian head of state since 2020.
By DEBBIE MOHNBLATT/THE MEDIA LINE
Published: MAY 22, 2022

President Ebrahim Raisi will arrive in Muscat on Monday in the first visit to Oman by an Iranian head of state since Haitham bin Tariq Al Said became sultan in January 2020. “In reiteration of the good neighborliness and advanced relations binding the Sultanate of Oman and the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi will pay a visit to Oman this Monday, May 23,” the Omani Royal Court said in a statement.

The two countries’ oil ministers have agreed to renew their long-stalled gas pipeline project, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported on Saturday. The underwater pipeline is planned to transport natural gas from Iran to Oman. IRNA referred to the renewal of the project as a major diplomatic success for Raisi who has invested great efforts in boosting the Islamic Republic’s relations with neighboring countries.

The Iranian-Omani Gas Pipeline project originated in a memorandum of understanding signed by the two countries’ oil ministers in 2013. It was valued at $60 billion over 25 years as Iran was set to supply Oman with natural gas. Progress cooled off but the effort was renewed in 2016. However, the project was halted due to US pressure on Oman to find a different gas supplier before Washington withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018.

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