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Monday, December 20, 2010

Iranian Parliament Approves Iran-Oman Security Pact

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian parliament on Sunday approved a bill that allows Tehran to implement an agreement on security cooperation and coordination with Oman.

The bill was approved with 136 votes in favor, 4 against and 6 abstentions.

The bill includes 10 articles that cover fields of cooperation, practice mechanisms, joint working groups, implementation and contact sources, financial expenditures, avoiding requests, interpretation of rules and regulations, settlement of differences, exchange of documents and data, implementation of the agreement and the final regulations.

Earlier in August 2009, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Oman signed a security agreement. The agreement was inked by former Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and his Omani counterpart Yusuf Ben Alawi here in Tehran and during a visit to Iran by Omani King Qaboos bin Said al-Said.

Later in August 2010, Iran and Oman signed an agreement to further boost mutual cooperation in the field of defense.

The document was signed by visiting Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi and his Omani counterpart Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib al-Busaidi in a meeting in Muscat.

According to the document, the two sides agreed to expand and deepen defensive ties and stressed that such cooperation would help further boost lasting peace and security in the region.

The two countries also agreed on exchange of defense delegations and facilitated implementation of the agreements held by Iran-Oman military friendship committees.

They also agreed to pave the ground for holding joint military wargames.

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