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Iran’s foreign minister in Qatar for talks after visiting Oman (Maziar Motamedi, Al Jazeera)

Iran’s foreign minister has held high-level talks in Qatar after a visit to Oman, countries that have a history of trying to mediate between Iran and the United States on their 2015 nuclear deal.

Hossein Amirabdollahian landed in Doha in the early hours of Tuesday and met with both Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

Iran’s foreign minister in Qatar for talks after visiting Oman | News | Al Jazeera

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Oman, Qatar sign agreements during sultan’s visit to Doha (Al Jazeera)

Oman and Qatar have signed agreements on military cooperation, taxation, tourism, ports, labour and investment as Oman seeks to invigorate its debt-burdened economy, the state news agencies of both the Gulf states said.

Oman is among the weakest financially of the Gulf oil producers. It has been pursuing wide-ranging reforms and austerity measures since Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said took power almost two years ago following the death of his predecessor who ruled for half a century.

Oman, Qatar sign agreements during sultan’s visit to Doha | Business and Economy News | Al Jazeera

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Iran, Oman call for developing bilateral trade ties (IRNA)

Islamic Republic of Iran and Sultanate of Oman emphasize the need to enhance and broaden bilateral ties in the fields of trade and economy.

Iran, Oman call for developing bilateral trade ties – IRNA English

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USA/Oman – Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Omani Deputy Foreign Minister Al Harthy (US Department

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met today in Muscat with Deputy Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalifa Al Harthy to discuss advancing peace and security in the region and our shared commitment to bolstering the U.S.- Oman bilateral relationship, including advancing new opportunities for trade and investment. The Deputy Secretary also thanked the Deputy Foreign Minister for Oman’s role in mediating peace in the region and underscored the importance of an immediate, comprehensive ceasefire to help bring the war in Yemen to an end.

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(USA/China/Oman) Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Travel to the People’s Republic of China and Oman (US Department of State)

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman will travel to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) July 25-26 and to Oman July 27.

In the PRC, the Deputy Secretary will travel to Tianjin to meet with PRC officials, including State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.  These discussions are part of ongoing U.S. efforts to hold candid exchanges with PRC officials to advance U.S. interests and values and to responsibly manage the relationship. The Deputy Secretary will discuss areas where we have serious concerns about PRC actions, as well as areas where our interests align.

In Oman, the Deputy Secretary will meet with Deputy Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalifa Al Harthy to discuss advancing peace and security in the region and our shared commitment to bolstering the U.S.- Oman bilateral relationship.

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Yemen Conflict/Oman – Oman takes on ambitious mediator role in Yemen conflict (Abubakr Al-Shamahi, Al Jazeera)

Oman, long perceived as a neutral party in the Middle East, has spent the past few weeks attempting to get Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s Houthi rebels to the negotiating table.

Oman takes on ambitious mediator role in Yemen conflict | Houthis News | Al Jazeera

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Oman – Rare protests in Oman over jobs draw massive police response (Al Jazeera)

Scattered protests in Oman over layoffs and poor economic conditions have drawn a massive police presence in at least one city in the sultanate, with protesters throwing stones at one point and police firing tear gas.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/24/rare-protests-in-oman-over-jobs-draw-massive-police-response

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Oman – Oman’s VAT Implementation Is Necessary and Not Enough (AGSIW)

If Omanis aren’t ready to shoulder a 5% VAT, then they have a long, bumpy economic road ahead of them.

Oman’s VAT Implementation Is Necessary and Not Enough

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(Oman/Yemen) Oman hopes Yemen ceasefire will be agreed very soon: State media (Al Jazeera)

Muscat has been working closely with Saudi Arabia, the US and the UN to reach a comprehensive political solution to the crisis.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/30/oman-hopes-ceasefire-in-yemen-is-agreed-very-soon-state-media

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