Oman trying to reduce US-Iran tensions: foreign ministry tweet

Oman was trying ‘with other parties’ to reduce tensions between the US and Iran, citing Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, the sultanate’s minister responsible for foreign affairs, on Twitter. (Reuters)
Updated 24 May 2019
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Oman trying to reduce US-Iran tensions: foreign ministry tweet

  • ‘There is a danger that a war breaks out, hurting the whole world’
  • Tensions between the US and Iran have been building in the last few weeks

DUBAI: Oman is trying “with other parties” to reduce tensions between the United States and Iran, the Omani Foreign Ministry tweeted on Friday.

The tweet cited Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, the sultanate’s minister responsible for foreign affairs, who met on Monday in Tehran with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

“There is a danger that a war breaks out, hurting the whole world ... Both parties, the American and the Iranian, are aware of the danger,” the tweet cited the Omani minister as saying in an interview with an Arabic publication.

Oman maintains friendly ties with both the United States and Iran and has previously been an important go-between for the two countries, which severed diplomatic relations in 1980. Washington and Tehran are in a protracted stand-off over Iran’s nuclear and missile programs.

Tensions have been building in the last few weeks. Washington has sent more military forces to the Middle East in a show of force against what US officials say are Iranian threats to its troops and interests in the region since the United States reinstated a range of economic sanctions against Iran.

President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday that Iran will not surrender to US pressure and will not abandon its goals, even if it is bombed.

On Friday, Zarif lashed out at Trump during a visit to Islamabad, assailing the American president for his tweet this week warning Iran not to threaten the US again or it would face its "official end."

"Iran will see the end of Trump, but he will never see the end of Iran," Zarif said during his visit to Pakistan, where he was thought to be seeking Islamabad's help to de-escalate the situation

Another country trying to avert a confrontation in the region is Iraq. Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday that Baghdad would send delegations to Washington and Tehran to help reduce tensions.

 


Suspected drones disrupt Dubai flights

Updated 43 min 45 sec ago

Suspected drones disrupt Dubai flights

  • Two arriving flights had to be diverted, it said
  • "Dubai Airports can confirm that flight arrivals were briefly disrupted at Dubai International"

DUBAI: Flights at Dubai's international airport, one of the world's busiest, were briefly disrupted Sunday due to "suspected drone activity," officials said.
Two arriving flights had to be diverted, it said, while media reports said the planes had landed at a smaller airport in the neighbouring emirate of Sharjah.
"Dubai Airports can confirm that flight arrivals were briefly disrupted at Dubai International from 12:36 (0836 GMT) to 12:51 (0851 GMT) UAE local time this afternoon due to suspected drone activity," a spokesperson said in a statement Sunday.
Flights at the airport have been disrupted several times in recent years by recreational drones, with the last incident occurring in February