The Christian Science Monitor
reports that Sultan Qaboos of Oman played a key role
in the months of secret negotiations leading up to the Geneva agreement:
As early as 2009, according to Wikileaks, the sultanate offered to
arrange talks between the US and Iran – which hadn’t had diplomatic
relations for 30 years – on condition that they were kept quiet to avoid
But it was reportedly the hostage crisis of three American “hikers”
that brought him into a mediating role between the two sides and helped
win the release of Sarah Shroud, Shane Bauer, and Josh Fattal, who were
arrested and accused of spying while hiking along the Iran-Iraq border.
With that success in his pocket, he offered to facilitate a US-Iran
rapprochement, the AP reports. In March, US and Iranian officials met in
Oman, Secretary of State John Kerry followed up in May, and the talks
took on a momentum of their own after Hassan Rouhani replaced Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad in Iran’s June elections.
Labels: Iran, Oman