The Shah of Iran arrived in the Omani capital of Muscat on Monday (5 December) at the start of a four-day state visit.
The Shah of Iran arrived in the Omani capital of Muscat on Monday (5 December) at the start of a four-day state visit. It was the first time he had made a trip to the Gulf Peninsula nation, although Iran has provided Oman with military assistance in suppressing a left-wing revolt.
SYNOPSIS: A red carpet welcome awaited the Shah as he arrived in the Sultanate. Sultan Qaboos Bin Said was present at the airport to greet the royal visitor.
The Shah sent troops to help Oman suppress a left-wing rebellion in the country's southern province of Dhofar. On Tuesday (6 December) he was due to visit Salalah, capital of the province.
The Shah who was to be accompanied by his host on the visit, was expected to meet Iranian soldiers still stationed in the province. the Dhofar rebels were defeated about two years ago, after a 10-year rebellion by Communist insurgents.
A highlight of the first day's events attended by the Shah was a parade by about 2,000 children held at the police stadium. The youngsters entertained the Shah with traditional Omani dancing.
The two leaders were expected to review the security situation in the Gulf and bilateral relations.
Omani sources said another topic on the agenda was likely to be the Horn of Africa, where Ethiopian and Somali forces are fighting in the Ogaden desert.