Oman lodges protest with Saudi envoy over attack on ambassador's house in Sanaa
September 19, 2015 | 11:06 AM
by ONA

Muscat: The Sultanate, through the Foreign Ministry, summoned Eid Mohammed Al Thaqafi, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia and handed him a letter of protest against the Arab alliance’s air strike, which targeted the residence of the Omani ambassador in Sanaa.

Oman expressed its deep regret at this incident and demanded an explanation. The memo was issued because Riyadh leads the Arab alliance in the war in Yemen. The objection memo reads as follows: “We would like to inform you about our strong protest against the aircraft of the Arab alliance targeting the residence of the ambassador of Oman in Sanaa, destroying the building and causing heavy damage therein. While we object to this action against Oman, we demand an explanation from the Kingdom about this unacceptable conduct which harms the interests of the Sultanate in Sanaa.

The Sultanate has been keen to extend every possible assistance to Saudi Arabia and considers the continuation of this war, for an unforeseeable time, a threat to the region’s stability. The Sultanate looks forward to the exertion of more efforts in Yemen with a view to ending the current conditions and encouraging the Yemeni parties to resort to dialogue and achieve stability in their country.”

Emphasising the sanctity of diplomatic residences, the Sultanate received with great sorrow the news of the targeting of the house of Oman’s ambassador in Sanaa.

The attack is as an explicit violation of international norms and conventions.

Ministry statement

A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Oman strongly denounces this act and requests the United Nations to undertake measures for ending the war in Yemen before it becomes a serious threat to the security of the region.

The Sultanate urged Yemeni parties to sort out their differences and bring peace and stability in Yemen.

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