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Saudi FM Holds Syria, Yemen Talks in Oman

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has held talks in Oman, a traditional mediator in the region, on the conflicts in Syria and Yemen where Riyadh has taken sides.

Jubeir and his Omani counterpart Yussef bin Alawi reviewed “the situation in Syria and Yemen and means of strengthening cooperation” among the six Arab states in the Gulf, the Saudi foreign minister said late Thursday after their meeting in Muscat.

He told Oman’s ONA news agency that “the view is one” between Saudi Arabia and Oman on “all the matters discussed today”.

Unlike its Gulf neighbors, Oman maintains good ties with Iran. It is also the region’s only Arab monarchy not to have cut ties with Damascus.

Saudi Arabia has taken a major role in the Syrian crisis, supplying arms to Takfiri insurgents fighting the Syrian government and leading an Arab coalition against Yemen.

Alawi, for his part, said the sultanate was “exerting diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful solution in Syria and Yemen”.

Oman is seeking through “calm diplomacy… rapprochement among all parties to achieve long-lasting political solutions”, Alawi, who met Assad in Damascus last month, told ONA.

He said Riyadh and Muscat had “shared goals” on regional conflicts and “agreed to look forward and break from the past concerning regional issues”.

His visit to Damascus had been “necessary”, Alawi said, adding that the meeting with Jubeir had been scheduled before his talks with Assad.

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