MUSCAT, 3 February. /Spec. interviewer TASS/. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov concludes Sunday blitz-tour of the countries of the Persian Gulf negotiations in Oman. The last time the Minister visited the Sultanate to visit at the end of 2008.
On the agenda – the situation in the region from the point of view of safety, the course of inter-Syrian negotiations in Geneva and other bilateral issues.
Lavrov will meet with Deputy Prime Minister of Oman Fahd bin Mahmoud al-said and the Minister responsible for foreign Affairs, Yousef bin Alawi.
The parties will sign intergovernmental agreement on mutual waiver of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic, special and service passports.
Bilateral issues and security in the Persian Gulf
In Muscat will be considered the state and prospects of Russian-Omani relations in the context of efforts to further enhance political dialogue. “They will exchange views on the situation in the middle East with emphasis on the situation in the Persian Gulf in the light of the internal political crisis in Yemen, – have informed in the Russian foreign Ministry. – The parties will discuss other important regional topics, including the situation in Syria and Syrian settlement in the run in Geneva indirect talks between the government and the opposition”.
Subject the Ministers will discuss prospects of cooperation in the framework of the strategic dialogue Russia – cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Persian Gulf and the Russian-Arab cooperation forum, the fourth Ministerial meeting which is planned to be held in Moscow this year.
In this regard, the parties also touched upon the subject of security in the Persian Gulf, given that Russia has proposed a relevant concept.
In Moscow, noted the active political dialogue at the level Ministers and their deputies. “All of these contacts have confirmed the similarity or coincidence of positions of Russia and Oman on the major issues of our time,” he said in depodesta of the Russian Federation.
Economy and tourism
Bilateral trade has a positive trend. In 2015 the volume of bilateral trade compared with 2014 increased by 20% and amounted to $105 million.
Expanding tourist exchange, Oman annually visited by about 5 thousand Russian tourists.
Challenges and threats
One of the important areas of cooperation is combating international terrorism, organized crime and piracy. “In this context has proven visits to the Omani port of Salalah ships of the Russian Navy participating in anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden,” – said the Russian foreign Ministry.
“Last spring, the Omani leadership has provided active assistance to Russian nationals when they were evacuated from neighbouring Oman Yemen where the situation has significantly worsened”, – noted in the Ministry.
How to make “Geneva” resistant
Of course, one of the main topics will be the inter-Syrian negotiations in Geneva. The challenge is to make the negotiation process more stable.
While the opposition was unable to form a unified delegation. A number of external players takes the main spot formed in Riyadh, the so-called Higher Committee on negotiations, although it is strategically important to ensure inclusiveness in the participation of opponents of the regime in the Geneva consultations.
Negotiations on Syria in Geneva has returned to the original zero position
A compromise must be made on the basis of General agreement, it is common and not accepted behind the scenes.
At the same time, the opposition from Riyadh included representatives of terrorist groups “Jaish al-Islam and Ahrar al-sham”. “We have agreed (and the government delegation agreed with this) that these people, if they will participate in the negotiation processes, they will do so in a personal capacity, – noted Sergey Lavrov – Only on the condition that they accept all the requirements of UN security Council resolution 2254, in particular a categorical rejection of terrorism, extremist, violent means of solving political problems, recognition of the territorial integrity of the SAR, the principle that the Syrians themselves will determine their fate. We proceed from this”.
The Minister stressed that the participation of representatives of these groups in Geneva does not imply their recognition as a negotiating partner.
Oil: the exchange of estimates
The sides around the situation in the oil market. According to the Russian Minister, Moscow is interested in sharing evaluations with the countries-manufacturers of oil. “We are interested that we had a common understanding of what is happening in global energy markets and interested in sharing their assessments,” said he.
In this context, Russia is ready to participate in the meeting of OPEC countries and oil producers outside the organization. “We believe that dialogue, monitoring the situation that is happening in the oil market, in the interests of all parties”, – said the head of the Russian foreign Ministry.