Oman Foreign Minister Due in Iran After Seizure of U.K. Tanker

Abbas Al Lawati

(Bloomberg) -- Oman will send its foreign minister to Tehran on Saturday as tensions soar in the oil chokepoint it shares with the Islamic Republic.

Yousef Bin Alawi will visit Tehran to discuss “recent regional developments,” the ministry said on Twitter.

The move follows Iran’s seizure of a British oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz last week. The incident fanned concerns of a confrontation that could disrupt Middle East supplies.

Oman, the largest non-OPEC oil producer which shares the strait with Iran, on Sunday issued a rare public rebuke apparently directed at Tehran, calling on all parties to “respect maritime boundaries and maritime law and avoid exposing the region to risks affecting navigation” following reports that the vessel was intercepted in its waters.

It also called on Iran to release the seized ship.

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