Middle East

Iranian president visits 2 Gulf Arab states to improve ties

In this photo released by official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, left, is welcomed by Omani Sultan Qaboos during an official arrival ceremony in Muscat, Oman, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

In this photo released by official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, left, is welcomed by Omani Sultan Qaboos during an official arrival ceremony in Muscat, Oman, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has arrived in Oman as part of a two-state visit aimed at reviving ties with Iran's Gulf Arab neighbors.

The official Oman News Agency said Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed met with the Iranian president following his arrival on Wednesday to the sultanate, which sits at the southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula and shares control of the Strait of Hormuz with Iran.

Rouhani is expected to travel to Kuwait after visiting Oman.

Tehran's relations with the six-member, Saudi-dominated Gulf Cooperation Council of Arab states have been strained since Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia broke off diplomatic relations with the Shiite power Iran last year.

Iran's official IRNA news agency reported that Iran has received a message from the GCC states aimed at removing misunderstandings and improving relations.