In talks with Oman over a gas deal that has been years in the making, Iran has signaled its intention to further bolster ties with its long-time regional ally, with the unveiling of plans centered on establishing the Arabian sultanate as a new hub for future Iranian gas exports in the region.

This comes at a time of renewed international engagement with Iran, with the Islamic Republic holding its first high-level talks with the US in 36 years. These are aimed at brokering a compromise over Tehran’s nuclear program, which many governments in the West fear has military links. (CONTINUED - 1709 WORDS)