Today, Sunday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, Badr Al-Busaidi, made important statements to the Saudi “Al Arabiya” channel, in which he touched on the Yemeni crisis as well as the Saudi-Omani relations, which are witnessing a remarkable development in the recent period.
The Yemeni crisis and the efforts of the Sultanate of Oman
Badr Al-Busaidi stressed in his interview that the role of the Sultanate of Oman in the Yemeni crisis is to help “and we seek to bring the views of the crisis closer.”
The Omani minister said that he is optimistic “for the future of our countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council, and that Yemen must be helped to achieve stability, and we have strong convictions to stop the war in Yemen and advance the path.”
He added: “We are close to advancing the Yemeni political process, and everyone is close to advancing the Yemeni political process, and that the conflict in Yemen is resolved through dialogue and non-exclusion.”
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Badr al-Busaidi also stressed that there is unanimity from all parties on a ceasefire in Yemen, especially since the Houthis did not reject Omani efforts to resolve the crisis.
Sultanate of Oman and Saudi Arabia
In addition, the Omani minister stressed that the Sultanate of Oman’s internal policy is a reflection of its foreign policy, which is based on coexistence, peace, good neighborliness and resolving crises and issues through peaceful means.
He stressed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and his country represent mutual strategic weight and depth due to their geographical location and as two neighboring countries.
He added that what distinguishes the relationship between the two parties for decades is the presence of great mutual respect and trust at the level of the leadership, the government and the two peoples.
Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi meets with the delegation of the Sultanate of Oman in Yemen
It is noteworthy that last June, Muhammad Abd al-Salam, the official spokesman for the Houthi group in Yemen, revealed the details of the meeting that brought together the leader of the group, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, with the Omani delegation sent by Sultan Haitham to Yemen to put an end to the Yemeni crisis.
The group’s official spokesman said in tweets on his Twitter account on June 7, 2021, that “Abdul-Malik al-Houthi met with the delegation of the Royal Office in the sisterly Sultanate of Oman.”
Mr. Abdul-Malik Badr Al-Din Al-Houthi met today, Monday, Shawwal 26, 1442 AH, corresponding to June 7, 2021 AD, with the delegation of the Royal Office in the sisterly Sultanate of Oman.
At the beginning of the meeting, Mr. welcomed the delegation of brothers from the Sultanate of Oman, wishing them a pleasant stay in their second country with their brothers in the Republic of Yemen.
– Mohamed Abdel Salam (@abdusalamsalah) June 7, 2021
He added that at the beginning of the meeting, “Al-Houthi welcomed the delegation of brothers from the Sultanate of Oman, wishing them a pleasant stay in their second country with their brothers in the Republic of Yemen.”
Mohamed Abdel Salam explained that during the meeting, exchanged messages related to humanitarian and other related issues were discussed.
During the meeting, exchanged messages related to humanitarian and other related issues were discussed.
At the end of the meeting, the leader conveyed the visiting Omani delegation to our country its appreciation for the good endeavors of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq, Sultan of Oman, and his appreciation for the humanitarian and wise stances of the Sultanate, its leadership and Prime Time Zone.
– Mohamed Abdel Salam (@abdusalamsalah) June 7, 2021
He added: “At the end of the meeting, the leader conveyed the visiting Omani delegation to our country his appreciation for the good efforts of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq, Sultan of Oman, and his appreciation for the humanitarian and wise stances of the Sultanate, its leadership and Prime Time Zone.”
A high-level Omani delegation in Sana’a
It is noteworthy that last June, a delegation from the Royal Office in Oman, accompanied by the head of the Ansar Allah (Houthis) negotiating delegation, “Mohammed Abdul Salam”, arrived on an Omani plane to Sanaa.
Al-Masirah channel, affiliated with the Houthis, quoted “Abdul Salam” at the time as saying that “the delegation of the Royal Office arrives to discuss the situation in Yemen on the basis of the principle of good neighborliness and common interests.”
He added: “We are working to advance the humanitarian situation arrangements process, as well as the peace process, to complement the efforts we have made in the Sultanate of Oman.”
Muhammad Abd al-Salam said: “Today we are in Sanaa to discuss everything that is of interest at the national level and the region in general.”
Intensive consultations in Muscat under the auspices of the United Nations
Intense consultations under the auspices of the United Nations are taking place in Muscat in an attempt to stop the war in Yemen since the group took control of the capital, Sanaa, in September 2014.
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The US State Department had accused Ansar Allah of failing to seek a ceasefire and take steps towards settling the Yemeni conflict.
In a statement issued after the return of US Special Envoy Tim Lenderking from the region, the ministry stated that “while many parties are raising problems inside Yemen, the Houthis bear a great responsibility for refusing to participate tirelessly in the ceasefire and to take steps to resolve the conflict that has been going on for nearly a year. 7 years, which caused untold suffering to the Yemeni Prime Time Zone.”
In another context, a Yemeni official accused the UAE of “violating” his country’s sovereignty by bringing foreign tourists to the island of Socotra (southeast) without referring to the legitimate Yemeni government and obtaining its approval.
Adviser to the Yemeni Ministry of Information, Mukhtar Al-Rahbi, said in statements to Anadolu Agency that “the Emiratis issued special visas for foreign tourists of different nationalities (unspecified) to the island of Socotra without referring to and approval of the Yemeni government.”
In response to a question about reports that the UAE brought Israeli tourists to the island, Al-Rahbi said, “It is also not excluded that Israeli tourists will be admitted to Socotra.”
The Ministry of Tourism in the Houthi government had previously condemned in the strongest terms what it described as the UAE’s transfer of Israeli tourist groups to Socotra Island with visas from Abu Dhabi.
The ministry said in a statement that this “contradicts international law, since Socotra is Yemeni and occupied by the coalition,” considering that it comes within the framework of the UAE’s normalization steps with the Zionist entity.
There was no official comment from the UAE on the accusations of bringing foreign and Israeli tourists to the island
The UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council has controlled Socotra since June 2020 after confrontations with government forces.
Yemeni officials have previously accused the UAE of seeking to divide Yemen and control its strategic islands and ports in order to control its wealth and influence over it, while Abu Dhabi denies such accusations.
Since March 2015, the UAE has participated mainly in the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which is facing the Houthis in support of government forces.
Yemen has been witnessing a war for more than 6 years that has killed 233,000 Prime Time Zone, and 80% of the population of about 30 million Prime Time Zone has become dependent on support and aid, in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations.
It is noteworthy that Riyadh announced a ceasefire initiative that includes reopening Sanaa airport to a number of international and regional destinations. Reducing the siege on the port of Hodeidah, depositing tax revenues from the port in a joint bank account in the Central Bank of Yemen, according to the Stockholm Agreement, and re-launching political talks to end the Yemeni crisis.
Days after Riyadh announced the Saudi initiative for a ceasefire in Yemen with the aim of reaching a political solution, the response came from the Houthi side to confirm its rejection of this initiative.
The refusal was represented by a military operation launched by the forces affiliated with the Ansar Allah Houthi movement, entitled “Operation National Resilience Day,” in which drones and ballistic missiles targeted areas in the Saudi depth.
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