Oman, which was the last of the six nations to host the U.N. climate conference, is considering extending the visas of several thousand Iranians seeking a green card in the kingdom, including several who had already been admitted, according to the Associated Press.
The government said Tuesday it had approved 10 Iranian visa applications, including two with extensions and another four that were denied.
Oman was one of six nations that accepted the U,N.
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its subsequent agreements in March.
But the kingdom is not a member of the U.,N.
but is a close ally of the United States.
It is unclear whether the two Iranian applicants, who had previously been granted a green-card, will have the same opportunity to apply again.
Iran and Oman were part of a group of nations that signed the UNFCCC at the start of the year.
The United States is the only country that still maintains diplomatic ties with Oman.
Oman is one of the most populous Muslim countries in the Middle East and a major oil producer.
Oman, which is part of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council, was established in the early 1960s as the successor to the U-2 program to spy on the Soviet Union and its allies.
The United States provided intelligence services for a time, but those were withdrawn after the Cold War.
Oman has a population of about 250,000.
It is the largest Arab country in the Gulf, with the most natural gas reserves in the Persian gulf and the third-largest natural gas field in the world.
Last year, the U.-2 program was shut down by the Obama administration after it came to light that the Soviets had provided the country with spy planes and other equipment, including spy satellites, that were stolen from the U2’s flight simulator.
A report by the Government Accountability Office found that the UMS-10S surveillance aircraft, which were built by General Dynamics and operated by the CIA, had “likely been misused by Iran and other countries.”
Iran has a long history of spying on U.C.L.A., which includes the CIA’s rendition program and other intelligence gathering activities.
After the 1979 Islamic revolution, the United Arab Emirates sent the UAL, a Boeing-made airliner, to fly spy missions against Iran.
The UAE also sent the Boeing-built A-3 Predator to spy against Iran during the Iran hostage crisis.
Since 2003, Oman has also provided support to the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad, who has waged a brutal war against the country’s Arab minority.
Iran’s relationship with the United Kingdom is complicated.
The two countries have been at odds over sanctions over its nuclear program.
But in June, Oman’s parliament passed a law that lifted sanctions against the oil-rich kingdom.