Managing-General of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization Ali-Akbar Safaei said on Sunday that the country is planning to resume sea travels to Oman following an ease of COVID restrictions.
The newly-launched shipping lines from southern Iran to Oman and Qatar stopped operating shortly after the outbreak of the COVID-19 in early 2020.
Iran has been in talks with different countries, the neighboring ones in particular, to remove the restrictions on land, sea, air and rail travels as the pandemic is easing day after another.
Some of the restrictions for land and air travels have been even reduced or lifted.
Speaking during an online meeting with the Omani deputy minister of transport and communications, the Iranian official said that a joint sea cooperation committee has been formed between Iran and Oman.
He said that Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization is ready to host the meetings of the joint committee.
Reza Zarrabi, the chairman of Iran-Oman Joint Chamber of Commerce, had said in mid-June that a shipping line between Shahid Rajaei Port in southern Iran and Sohar Port of Oman will begin operating in the near future.
The shipping line had stopped working due to the imposition of US unilateral sanctions on Iran in 2018 but it will resume operating following negotiations made by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Trade Promotion Organization of the country with Omani officials, Zarrabi said.