Submitted by Khaled Iskef.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry announced that Al-Miqdad and his delegation began a working visit in Oman on March 20 that would last for several days. Al-Miqdad was received upon his arrival by the head of the Department of Economic Gatherings and Dialogue in charge of running the work of the Protocol Department at the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs Khaled Bin Saeed Al-Jaradi, and Minister Mahmoud Bin Khamis Al-Hinai, who’s in charge of running the business of the Arab Mashreq at the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Al-Miqdad is expected to meet with his Omani counterpart Badr Bin Hamad Al-Busaid, and a number of Omani officials. The file of the political settlement in Syria is one of the main reasons of the visit that is aimed at reducing of tension between Syria and the Gulf countries.
As Saudi Arabia and Qatar logistically and financially participate in Syrian war with their continuous support during the last decade of the anti-government armed groups.
It is noteworthy that Al-Miqdad’s visit comes after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s recent tour to several Gulf countries, and the subsequent talk about a Russian initiative to put forward the role of Arab countries in order to end the Syrian crisis and support the political solution. It may be sees the Sultanate of Oman as a mediator to restore these relations and revitalize them economically and politically.
Damascus believes that this cooperation may lead to strengthening of economic cooperation between the two countries.
“The Sultanate’s balanced, calm and responsible policy earned it the respect and appreciation of the world. We appreciate the Omani efforts seeking to end the suffering of the Syrian people and Oman’s support to the restoration of stability in Syria.” said Faisal Al-Miqdad, claiming that the balanced and peaceful policy of Oman has earned it the respect and appreciation of the world.
Muscat is known to play the mediating role in the most complex files, especially as it was the link between Washington and Tehran within the Iranian nuclear agreement, and other files, when Muscat was the head of negotiation process. Thus, it is possible that the Sultanate will play such a role in the Syrian file negotiations or mediation between the Arab countries and Damascus.
It’s noteworthy that the Syrian-Omani relations continued during the years despite the Gulf boycott of Syria. The Sultanate of Oman reopened its embassy in Damascus and appointed its ambassador to strengthen the cooperation with Syria. Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, Muscat has not been hostile to the sovereignty and government of the Syrian state, despite its good relations with the Gulf states. Perhaps there is something that could not be delayed in Muscat until the foreign minister and his deputy arrive at night.
The long visit resembles Omani mediation between Syria and another party. We do not know who it is, but it is certain that there is political cooking on an Omani fire .
Observers believe that if the Omani mediation succeeds, this role may also reflect in Yemen in the conflict between the Ansar Allah movement and the forces loyal to the ousted President Abdullah Mansour Hadi.
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