| 22 February 2024, Thursday |

King Salman Sends Message to Oman’s Sultan amid Mediation to End Yemen Conflict

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan arrived in the Omani capital Muscat on Monday to deliver an oral message from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz to Sultan Haitham bin Tariq.

The Saudi official had arrived in Muscat amid anticipation of the Iran-backed Houthi militias’ response to an Omani mediation to end the war in Yemen.

Oman’s state news agency (ONA) reported that the King Salman’s message tackled bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and sultanate.

Prince Faisal met with his Omani counterpart Badr Albusaidi during his brief visit.

An Omani delegation had concluded last week a weeklong visit to the Houthi-held Yemeni capital Sanaa to discuss a United Nations peace proposal with the militia leaders.

ONA did not report on the outcomes of the trip, but diplomatic sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Omani officials likely informed the Saudi delegation of their results.

The sources revealed that an Omani delegation is expected in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Tuesday to brief them on the Sanaa trip.

Yemeni Foreign Minister Dr. Ahmed bin Mubarak had declared on Sunday that the legitimate government has yet to receive any response from Oman about its mediation.

A government official told Asharq Al-Awsat that mystery still surrounds the Omani efforts, “but the signals we have received so far are not encouraging, and unfortunately, negative.”

  • Asharq Al-Awsat