Muscat, 19 July 2022 (TDI): Sultanate of Oman, represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, participated in the Five-Year meeting on Yemen, organized by the British Foreign Office.

The meeting was organized via video conference and was chaired by Amanda Milling, Minister of State for Middle East Affairs. Four other countries also participated in the meeting. These include the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Additionally, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, was also in attendance. The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Diplomatic Affairs, Sheikh Khalifa bin Ali Al Harthy, represented Oman in the meeting.

The meeting discussed supporting peace efforts and reaching a comprehensive diplomatic solution to the conflict in Yemen. Oman has played an important role in supporting mediation efforts since the conflict in Yemen began.

Oman has, with continuous efforts, tried to promote dialogue between the conflicting parties. In addition to this, Oman has also provided humanitarian aid to Yemen. These include financial aid, water, food, medical supplies and assistance, and shelter.

Moreover, Oman has also favored any agreement that entails humanitarian relief for Yemen and the revival of the Yemeni economy. Earlier this month, Oman and Yemen also reviewed areas of cooperation to boost trade between the two countries.

Five-Year meeting on Yemen

On 26 January 2022, senior representatives of Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE, the UK, and the US met to discuss an urgent and comprehensive political solution to the conflict in Yemen.

The participants in the five-party talks strongly condemned repeated terrorist attacks against the civilians in Yemen.

Moreover, they also stressed that such attacks hinder peace efforts in Yemen and exacerbate suffering. The five participants further agreed to provide direct humanitarian and development support to Yemen and work to protect the humanitarian workers.

Further, they also acknowledged the worsening economic crisis in Yemen and stressed the importance of strengthening international efforts to provide the necessary support.

The participants of the five-year talks agreed to hold periodic meetings to coordinate necessary measures to end the Yemeni crisis.