US appreciates Sultanate’s role in terror fight

Washington: The US State Department praised the role played by the Sultanate in combating terrorism in the Middle East.

The annual report of the US State Department on the efforts of the countries in the fight against terrorism appreciated the Sultanate’s continued efforts in this field for the second year in a row and appreciated its role in this regard at the regional and international levels, which reflected the size of security and stability witnessed by the Sultanate under the wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.

“The Sultanate of Oman is an important regional counterterrorism partner, working actively in 2017 to prevent terrorists from launching attacks or using the Sultanate as a safe haven for them,” the report said.  The report added that Omani officials regularly cooperate with US officials on the need to combat violent extremism and terrorism.

In its report, the State Department noted that the Sultanate’s government sought training and equipment from the United States and other countries to support its efforts to control land, air and sea borders and issued a series of official statements condemning the terrorist attacks in 2017.  The Sultanate’s laws and legislations criminalize various forms of terrorist acts.

The US Department of State  confirmed in its report that the Sultanate of Oman is an active member of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)  for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) on Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism , an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money laundering, terrorism financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system. –ONA