TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Oman’s foreign minister asserted that Iran has an inalienable right to pursue its defense strategies, and rejected concerns about Tehran’s missile program.

Some countries are afraid of Iran’s defense and missile policies, while there is no reason for such fear, Oman’s Foreign Minster Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah said in a meeting with Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in Tehran on Saturday.

The Omani minister also noted that amid the current critical situation in the region, Iran has the right to military power to ensure its security.

Bin Alawi further stressed the need for a political settlement of the regional conflicts, urging concerted action against terrorism.

For his part, Larijani deplored the new, fabricated concerns over Iran’s missile program, saying the Islamic Republic has developed such technology since 30 years ago.

Moreover, he added, Iran has never launched a single missile to attack any other country.

The parliament speaker also reiterated that Iran has been supporting Syria and Iraq in the war against terrorism at the request of their own governments.

Larijani also called for the expansion of trade ties between Iran and Oman.

Bin Alawi arrived in Tehran on Friday for a visit that focuses on stronger economic cooperation.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has quashed rumors that the Omani minister’s visit may have something to do with the US defense secretary’s recent trip to Oman.