Sultanate calls for talks to solve crisis

WASHINGTON: Oman’s approach in dealing with others is based on starting negotiations without any pre-conditions to reach a win-win solution. This approach has been a key reason behind the Sultanate’s balanced relations with all countries of the world including Iran. This was stated by Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al Busaidy, Secretary-General of the Foreign Ministry, in a statement to the Sultanate of Oman TV. Sayyid Badr paid a visit to Washington to explore means of enhancing and developing relations between the Sultanate and the friendly US. During the visit, the secretary-general discussed with officials in the US administration a number of issues of mutual interest.

He advised against aggravating the crisis to the level it is difficult to contain, especially when key players are excluded from the negotiation table. At a seminar organised by the Washington-based Middle East Institute on the sidelines of his visit, Sayyid Badr emphasised the importance of dialogue, mutual respect with the neighbouring countries and non-intervention in others’ internal affairs as ideal means to address challenges. He also stressed the importance of peaceful co-existence and understanding others through open dialogue, and added that the Sultanate adopted neutral stance in diplomatic crises in the region. It has often sought to approximate views to solve disputes.

Commenting on the debate at the seminar, Gerald Feierstein, Director of Gulf Affairs and Government Relations at ME Institute, said that the Sultanate plays an important role in approximating views through dialogue and that it called long time back for dialogue with Iran which led to conclusion of a nuclear deal with Tehran. He added that the Sultanate played an important role in paving the way for peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis, describing Oman as “key and reliable player in any negotiations.” Karol Castial from America Voice Radio appreciated the role played by the Sultanate as a neutral mediator among different parties. He described the role as ‘ideal’ and ‘exemplary’.

She noted that the Sultanate has always been a model for tolerance in the region — thanks to its rich history and multi-ethnic population. She also commended the role played by Muscat between Washington and Tehran which led to the nuclear deal. She hoped that the Sultanate will continue its efforts to enable the disputing parties to enter into dialogue and abandon armed conflicts. A number of politicians and those interested in Middle East affairs attended the seminar. — ONA