|Omani FM, HEGTA CEO negotiate Tourism|
Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah received Iran’s Tourism Holding of Social Security Organization (HEGTA) Managing Director Ebrahim Bai Salami in Muscat on April 20.
The two sides underlined the need for change of past approaches and called for expansion of economic ties especially in tourism industry. The Omani foreign minister and HEGTA managing director also negotiated on determining regional and international strategy in order to develop tourism cooperation.
Bin Alawi and Salami also discussed the capacities of their countries in terms of expanding air flights and creating recreational and residential facilities as well as constructing four and five star hotels.
The Omani FM also referred to his discussion with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani over the aforementioned issues on the sidelines of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in Istanbul a week earlier, emphasizing the necessity of carrying out joint ventures concerning tourism industry.
For his part, Salami reaffirmed remarks made by Bin Alawi, saying that the Islamic Republic is planning to replace Oman instead of the UAE, Qatar and Turkey as Iran’s most important economic partner.
Pointing to the project of developing health tourism in Iran, the HEGTA managing director also proposed that Muscat and Tehran could pursue insurance cooperation.
The Omani foreign minister also welcomed propositions made by the Iranian side, underlining the need for establishing joint workgroups to follow up the proposals.
Bin Alawi further called on HEGTA and the Social Security Organization to collaborate in economic projects in Oman.