Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived early Wednesday in Oman, where she will hold talks with Sultan Qaboos of reforms in the country as well as U.S. concerns about Iran's neighbor, an official of the Department of State.
Clinton thank primarily the Sultan of Oman for his mediation that led to the release last month of two American hikers, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, arrested in 2009 near the Iran border with Iraq, said the official reporters on board the plane carrying Secretary of State in Muscat.
This is the Sultanate of Oman who paid the bail of $ 400,000 claimed by the Iranian courts for each of them had said their lawyer in Iran.
Omanis voted Saturday to elect by direct universal suffrage of 84 members of the Majlis Al-Shura, a consultative council which forms with the State Council - a sort of Senate composed of 57 appointed members - the Council of Oman.
In March, Sultan Qaboos ordered a change in the fundamental law for the Board of Oman "legislative power and control" of government action.
The Sultan's initiative came after weeks of demonstrations for political reform against the backdrop of social unrest, an unprecedented move in Oman, in the wake of the "Arab Spring".
Clinton and the Sultan Qaboos should also discuss the bloody repression carried out in Syria and Yemen against the pro-democracy movements.
Hillary Clinton arrived in Muscat from Tripoli where she hailed "a victory for Libya," Tuesday during a surprise visit.