Muscat: Oman will work with other countries in the Arab world and across the globe to bring stability and security to the Middle East and make it a peaceful region.
At the 74th United Nations General Assembly, Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Oman’s Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, said Oman would continue with its policy of tolerance, respect, co-existence and mutual understanding with all its partners, and believes that dialogue and diplomacy are the best ways to achieve constructive, long-term solutions.
“My country firmly believes that dialogue and negotiations are the most suitable means of resolving differences,” said Alawi.
“We have always affirmed that the Sultanate of Oman, just like other countries, will spare no effort in support of regional and international initiatives that will help achieve peace and promote a culture of stability and security in the region. We in the Sultanate believe that peace is a central building block for stability and sustainable development,” he added.
“As such, we hope that international relations will launch on a new footing in line with good neighbourliness, respect for national sovereignty, and non-interference in the internal affairs of other states, to build a world of justice, fairness, co-existence, and tolerance for all; a world where all could enjoy prosperity, security, and stability.”
Alawi’s speech at the UNGA also called for countries to avoid future conflicts and defuse those stand-offs that are already underway.
In particular, Alawi highlighted his country’s efforts towards stabilising the civil war in Yemen and providing statehood to the Palestinian Territories. Making this a reality, however, said Alawi, required the help of the international community and the states in the Arab region.
“The Sultanate of Oman supports all efforts which aim to reach a political solution in Yemen, and in particular the efforts of the United Nations and of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen Martin Griffiths. We call on all parties to cooperate and positively engage in facilitating such efforts. Emphasis during the next phase must be on the political path to reach a settlement which would ensure security and stability for Yemen and that would maintain the security and interests of the neighbouring countries.
“We call from this podium on all Yemeni parties to give priority to the supreme national interests of Yemen; we urge Yemeni political leaders to take the initiative to end this conflict for the sake of Yemen and its people. We also call upon regional countries and the international community to support the efforts aimed at restoring peace and stability in Yemen in particular and the region in general. Given our geographical proximity and deep historical, social, and cultural ties with Yemen, the Sultanate of Oman stresses that the facilities and humanitarian assistance provided by Oman to the brotherly Yemeni people will continue."
On the subject of Palestine, bin Alawi, said, “The establishment of a sovereign Palestinian State and independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital is a compelling need to establish peace, stability, and peaceful coexistence. We believe that failure to establish a Palestinian state would result in continued violence and terror. We call on all relevant parties to create the necessary conditions to help end this 70-year long conflict.”