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Yemen counts on Sultanate’s role in peace talks: FM
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MUSCAT: Yemen counts on the role of the Sultanate under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik in rallying international and regional efforts to stop the war in the country and establish rapprochement among the disputing Yemeni parties in preparation for a return to the political track.


Speaking to Oman News Agency (ONA) and Oman TV, Dr Ahmed Awad Mubarak, Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs of Yemen, said that his visit to the Sultanate includes conveying a message to His Majesty the Sultan from President Abderabu Mansour of Yemen Republic. The message expressed thanks, commendation and appreciation for Oman’s great role in Yemen’s stability, the minister added.


“Based on the Sultanate’s good relations with all parties in Yemen, we count on Oman’s role in creating a convergence of views among the Yemeni disputing parties,” said Dr Ahmed.


Speaking about international endeavours to end the conflict in Yemen, Dr Ahmed explained that the UN initiative towards this objective includes four main targets including comprehensive ceasefire, opening Sanaa Airport, facilitating export of oil products via Al Hudeidah Port and calling for the resumption of consultations on Yemen’s future. “We have welcomed all those elements,” said Dr Ahmed, noting that any concessions that the Government of Yemen makes will be in favour of the people of Yemen.


Dr Ahmed pointed out that solution for the Yemeni crisis is not difficult and that strong factors exist for a solution in Yemen, including the National Dialogue, the GCC Initiative and International Resolutions, particularly Resolution No 2216, which chart out a general framework for terminating the conflict in Yemen.


About economic cooperation with the Sultanate, the minister said that one of the objectives of his visit to the Sultanate is “supporting investment cooperation between the two countries”, including joint work on marine cable between the Sultanate and Yemen’s Al Mahra area. This is in addition to connecting seaports of the two countries to enhance exports and imports, the Yemeni minister added.


— ONA


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