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Oman's foreign minister spoke to his Israeli counterpart on Monday, Muscat said, the first contact since Israel normalised ties with the United Arab Emirates last week.

Oman's long-reigning Sultan Qaboos has been remembered for mediation and non-intervention in a turbulent region, winning the hearts and minds of Omanis.

Oman foreign minister makes third Iran visit in year

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Oman foreign minister makes third Iran visit in year

Oman has established strong relations on Iran, despite the embargo on Tehran.

Iran says European fleet in Gulf would be 'provocative'

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Iran says European fleet in Gulf would be 'provocative'

Iran slammed as "provocative" a British proposal for a European-led naval mission to escort tankers in the Gulf, amid soaring tensions over the ...

Iran ships stranded in Brazil set to depart

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Iran ships stranded in Brazil set to depart

The Iranian ships had been stuck in a Brazilian port since early June after a state oil giant refused to provide fuel for fear of breaching US ...

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Iran, Oman top diplomats meet amid Gulf tensions

Iran's top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif hosted his Omani counterpart Yusuf bin Alawi in Tehran on Saturday amid mounting tensions in the region between Tehran and Washington.

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UN envoy lands in Damascus for fresh peace talks

Geir Pedersen, a seasoned Norwegian diplomat and the fourth UN ambassador to seek an end to the civil war, landed in Damascus on Tuesday.

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Top Omani official meets Assad in rare Syria visit

Oman’s top diplomat met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Sunday, in a rare visit to the Syrian capital.

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Iraq Report: Iraq wants France to pay for ‘justice’

This week, Baghdad has 'requested' large sums of money from France to put their nationals on trial, as Germany talks of injecting investment ...

Oman says it is trying to reduce US-Iran tensions

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Oman says it is trying to reduce US-Iran tensions

The small but strategic sultanate, which lies just across the Strait of Hormuz from Iran, has maintained good relations with Tehran through ...

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Iran quadruples production of enriched uranium

Iran stressed the uranium would only be enriched to the limit set under the 2015 nuclear deal, but by increasing production it will soon exceed ...

Oman sends foreign minister to Iran amid regional tension

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Oman sends foreign minister to Iran amid regional tension

Oman has long served as a mediator in the region and has mediated between Washington and Tehran on some occasions in the past.

Oman FM says Arabs must ease Israel's 'fears'

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Oman FM says Arabs must ease Israel's 'fears'

A top Omani government official on Saturday said Arabs must take initiatives to make Israel overcome "fears for its future" in the region, ...

Netanyahu salutes 'turning point' with Arab states during Warsaw

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Netanyahu salutes 'turning point' with Arab states during Warsaw

Binyamin Netanyahu referred to the Warsaw summit as a 'historical turning point' in which he says he cemented foundations for normalisation with ...

Netanyahu hails 'turning point' with Arab states

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Netanyahu hails 'turning point' with Arab states

Binyamin Netanyahu referred to the Warsaw summit as a 'historical turning point' in which he says he cemented foundations for normalisation with ...

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Karma police: US spies masterminded international UAE hacking operation

A new report has uncovered how former US intelligence officials helped develop UAE cyber surveillance into an international hacking operation, targeting foreign leaders and activists using state-of-the-art spying technology Karma.

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Oman FM in Washington 'trying to reduce Iran-US tensions'

Oman's foreign affairs head met with the US defence secretary in Washington with the intention of de-escalating tensions between the US and ...

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Oman: Neutrality under pressure

Comment: After Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal, Oman's relationship with Iran and its regional neighbours is coming under mounting ...

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Syria's top diplomat visits Oman on rare Gulf mission

Syria's Foreign Minister has arrived in Oman to meet with senior officials in order to discuss the situation in the region.

Iran rejects any change to nuclear deal: official

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Iran rejects any change to nuclear deal: official

Iran's secretary of the Supreme National Security Council said his country will not accept any changes to the nuclear deal.

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Oman's foreign minister visits Jerusalem holy site Aqsa

In a rare visit to Jerusalem's holy site, Oman's foreign minister encouraged all Arabs to visit the mosque, describing it as an "obligation".

Kerry arrives in Oman for Yemen peace talks

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Kerry arrives in Oman for Yemen peace talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry is making a last minute push to bring peace to Yemen with talks between the country's warring parties.

Oman denies Iranian weapons smuggled to Houthis through country

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Oman denies Iranian weapons smuggled to Houthis through country

Saudi suspicions were piqued after weapons bound for Houthi-held Sanaa were discovered on trucks with Omani licence plates in September.

Professor jailed in Iran for 'feminism' returns to Canada

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Professor jailed in Iran for 'feminism' returns to Canada

Academic Homa Hoodfar who faced prolonged detention in Iran's notorious Evin prison on charges of 'dabbling in feminism' has returned home to ...

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