On Sunday, the Sultanate of Oman revealed ongoing “efforts” to reach a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire in Yemen, which has been reeling from the war for seven years.
And the official Oman News Agency reported that “Omani Foreign Minister Badr Al-Busaidi met with the General Diwan of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Muscat today, the new UN envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, who is on a visit to the Sultanate.”
She added that during the meeting, “views were exchanged on the efforts to secure a comprehensive and lasting ceasefire by all parties” in Yemen, without further details.
The two officials also discussed, during the meeting, “facilitating the flow of humanitarian supplies, and entering into a political process that achieves the aspirations of the Yemeni people towards security, stability, national unity, reconstruction and reconstruction.”
In a related context, the Omani News Agency stated that Al-Busaidi also met with Timothy Lenderking, the US special envoy to Yemen, who is currently visiting the Sultanate.
She added, “During the meeting, the latest developments on the Yemeni arena and efforts to end the war in Yemen were reviewed.”
The agency did not mention the date of Grundberg and Linderking’s arrival in Muscat, nor the duration and schedule of the visit.
The Sultanate has played a remarkable role in resolving the Yemeni crisis for years, according to observers, especially in light of its forging balanced relations with the various parties to the crisis, including the Houthi group, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Yemen has been witnessing for nearly 7 years a continuous war between the pro-government forces backed by an Arab military alliance led by the neighboring Saudi Arabia, and the Iranian-backed Houthis, who have controlled governorates including the capital, Sanaa, since September 2014.
On the other hand, the Houthis launch ballistic missiles, projectiles and marches on Saudi areas, amid repeated announcements by the coalition to destroy these missiles and planes, accusing the group of being backed by these weapons from Iran.