Iran’s nuclear pact with the United States seems to be inching towards progress, thanks to Oman’s involvement. According to the media reports, Oman’s Foreign Minister, Sayyid Badr Albusaidi, recently visited Tehran to discuss ‘initiatives’ aimed at resolving the impasse in the Iran nuclear agreement, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Iran’s Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, revealed that the discussions with his Omani counterpart have paved the way for exploring potential solutions to revive the JCPOA. The visit has sparked media speculation about the fate of the crucial nuclear deal revival talks.
Oman has played a pivotal role as a mediator between Iran and the United States since 2016, facilitating indirect talks between Tehran and Washington. This recent diplomatic effort highlights Oman’s commitment to finding a resolution to the nuclear standoff.
In a recent interview, Oman’s Foreign Minister, Sayyid Badr Albusaidi, expressed optimism about the seriousness of both the US and Iran in their efforts to strike a new nuclear deal. He hinted at progress towards the release of American prisoners detained in Iran on charges of espionage.
Positive signs of mutual cooperation emerged when the US approved Iran’s access to $2.7 billion in gas and electricity debt owed by Iraq in June. Although downplayed by the US State Department as routine clearance, this move demonstrated a step towards easing tensions and fostering dialogue.
The JCPOA, a landmark accord reached in July 2015 between Iran and several world powers, including the United States, aimed to curtail Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for substantial sanctions relief. The fate of the deal has been uncertain ever since President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from it in 2018.