The confirmation of the Omani Sultan’s to-be visit to Tehran next week brings the question to mind if the Oman channel is being activated once more, Irannuc writes.
Foreign Ministry officials announced yesterday that the King of Oman Qaboos bin Said Al Said is to visit Tehran next week.
Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Deputy Minister in Middle East Affairs, confirmed the news and counted it as an act to "strengthen bilateral relations and regional consultations.”
But some believe that the fact of the matter is much deeper than that, the choice of Sultan Qaboos as Rouhani administration’s first foreign guest having many more meanings.
Some reports made it to Irannuc showing that at an unofficial level, there are plans to misuse this trip and revive what is in diplomatic jargon called the Oman channel, Irannuc states.
Based on the reports, a certain team around the Foreign Ministry in the Rouhani administration has plans to use Oman as a channel to make direct contact with the US.
Evidence shows that this has by no means been checked with the higher governmental positions nor with the president himself, the team planning to face the government with a fait accompli.
The team believes that the nuclear talks with the Six Powers must definitely be accompanied by bilateral talks with the US, while negotiations with the US are, except for special cases, among the red lines of the country and something that the Supreme Leader has clearly defined.
In addition, experts believe that direct negotiation with the US will not be in the favor of Iran under current circumstances, since the US sees Iran in the weaker position.