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Foreign Minister Receives US Special Envoy for Yemen

Foreign Minister Receives US Special Envoy for YemenMuscat, 21 Jun (ONA) —- Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister received Tim Lenderking, US Special Envoy for Yemen.The meeting discussed the latest developments and the efforts exerted to enhance and sustain the truce in the Republic of Yemen. It also touched on backing the endeavors and enhancing trust and constructive dialogue among all Yemeni parties.Within this context, the two sides affirmed their backing to the efforts of Hans Grundberg, UN Special Envoy for Yemen that aim at ending the war and engage in a comprehensive ...

US Official Looks Forward to Enhancing Regional Security Cooperation with Oman

US Official Looks Forward to Enhancing Regional Security Cooperation with Oman Muscat, 20 Jun (ONA) --- General Michael Erik Kurilla, Commander of the US Central Command (CENTCOM) reaffirmed that his country is looking forward to promoting regional security cooperation with the Sultanate of Oman during the upcoming period, as well as integrating joint efforts between the two countries. He told Oman News Agency (ONA) that during his visit to the Sultanate of Oman, he reviewed with officials the available cooperation opportunities between the two countries. General ...

NATO Ministers Discuss Boosting Eastern Flank Forces

Brussels, 16 Jun (ONA) --- NATO defense ministers gathered today for talks focusing on bolstering forces and deterrence along the military alliance’s eastern borders. The Ukrainian crisis since February has led allies to rethink strategies and to agree that NATO forces should be present in greater numbers on that flank. They have already beefed up the deployment of troops and material and want to guarantee a long-term presence of forces. In response to the invasion of Ukraine, NATO said it has placed over 40,000 troops under its direct command, mainly on the eastern ...

UN Secretary General Thanks HM The Sultan for Backing Stability in Yemen

UN Secretary General Thanks HM The Sultan for Backing Stability in Yemen New York, 15 Jun (ONA) --- Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) expressed his utmost thanks to His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik and the Omani government for backing the endeavours of maintaining security and stability in the Republic of Yemen, as well as His Majesty the Sultan’s efforts in extending the truce. This was stated during an official session of consultations held at the headquarters of Oman’s permanent mission in New York. Present at the session were Dr. Mohammed ...

Israeli Occupation Arrests 450 Palestinian Children since Beginning of 2022

Israeli Occupation Arrests 450 Palestinian Children since Beginning of 2022 Ramallah, 14 Jun (ONA) --- The Palestinian Commission for Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs said that the Israeli occupation forces have arrested 450 Palestinian children since the beginning of 2022, most of them from East Jerusalem. The report indicated that the Israeli authorities arrested 353 children from Jerusalem, out of a total of 450 children arrested since the beginning of 2022, and most of them were released after varying periods of detention. According to the report, the Israeli ...

Extremist Jewish Settlers Storm Al Aqsa Mosque Under Security Cover

Occupied Jerusalem, 9 Jun (ONA) --- Scores of extremist Jewish settlers stormed courtyards of the holy Al Aqsa Mosque under security cover of Israeli occupation forces, the Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem said today. The extremist settlers performed rituals at courtyards of Al Aqsa Mosque. --- Ends/Khalid ...

Biden to Meet with Allies in Germany, Spain

Washington, 8 Jun (ONA) --- President Joe Biden of the United States of America (USA) will meet with allies in Germany and Spain in late June. The White House announced today that President Biden will travel to southern Germany on 25 June 2022 to attend a Group of Seven summit (G7) of leaders of the world’s major industrialized nations. After the meeting in the Bavarian Alps, the US president will go to Madrid on 28 June 2022 to participate in a gathering of NATO member countries. The twin summits are being held around the four-month anniversary of Ukrainian ...

UN General Assembly Elects Oman’s Permanent Representative to UN as Fourth Committee Chairman

New York, 8 Jun (ONA) --- The UN General Assembly elected by acclamation Dr. Mohammed Awad Al Hassan, the Sultanate of Oman’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) as the Chairman of the Fourth Committee “Special Political and Decolonization Committee” during the 77th session of the General Assembly. In his speech to the General Assembly, Dr. Mohammed stated that Oman was keen to chair the “Special Political and Decolonization Committee,” stemming from its belief in the freedom of peoples and their independence, as well as the importance of ending ...

Oman, UAE Discuss Topics to Serve Their Countries’ Citizens

Abu Dhabi, 7 Jun (ONA) --- In response to the directives of the two wise leaderships of the Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Follow up Committee of the Oman-UAE Higher Joint Committee held its regular meeting in Abu Dhabi today. The meeting was held to complete the efforts exerted and promote joint cooperation in various fields. The meeting also discussed a range of topics of common interest between the two sides that would contribute to serve citizens of the two countries. --- Ends/Khalid ...

US, Asian Allies Fly Fighter Jets amid North Korea Tensions

Seoul, 7 Jun (ONA) --- The United States (US) and its Asian allies today flew dozens of fighter jets over waters surrounding the Korean Peninsula in a show of force as their diplomats discussed a coordinated response to a possibly imminent North Korean nuclear test. The flights came as US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman traveled to Seoul for discussions with South Korea and Japanese officials over security concerns in the Korean Peninsula. Sherman and Cho Hyun-dong, South Korean Vice Foreign Minister are planning a three-way meeting with Mori Takeo, Japanese Vice ...

Lebanon Urges US Envoy to End Maritime Dispute with Israel

Beirut, 6 Jun (ONA) --- The Lebanese government today invited a US envoy mediating between Lebanon and Israel over their disputed maritime border to return to Beirut as soon as possible to work out an agreement amid rising tensions along the border. The invitation for Amos Hochstein, a senior adviser for energy security at the US State Department, came a day after Israel set up an oil rig at its designated location at the Karish field, which Israel says is part of its UN-recognized exclusive economic zone. Lebanon insists it is in a disputed area. The US-mediated indirect talks ...

Russian Minister’s Visit Cancelled after Overflight Refusal

Belgrade, Serbia, 6 Jun (ONA) --- Serbia today confirmed that a planned visit by Russia’s foreign minister to the Balkan country will not take place. The announcement followed reports that Serbia’s neighbors, Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Montenegro had refused to allow Sergey Lavrov’s plane to fly through their airspace to reach Serbia. Moscow yesterday accused the West of closing off lines of communication by forcing Lavrov to cancel today’s planned visit. Serbia’s neighbors closed their airspace to Lavrov’s plane, ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told ...

Oman Welcomes Renewal of Truce in Yemen

Muscat, 2 Jun (ONA) —— The Sultanate of Oman has welcomed the announcement made by the UN Special Envoy to Yemen Hans Grundberg pertaining to the renewal of truce in Yemen for another two months.In a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry here today, Oman valued the cooperation of Yemeni parties with the UN efforts.Oman hopes that this important step would provide suitable conditions for ending the war and reaching a comprehensive and permanent settlement of the Yemeni crisis. Ends/AH ...

Oman, Germany Mark 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations

Muscat, 23 May (ONA) --- The Sultanate of Oman and the Federal Republic of Germany marked the 50th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations.A ceremony was held at the Foreign Ministry here today to mark this occasion. The event, organized in cooperation with the German Embassy in Muscat, was attended by Sheikh Khalifa Ali Al Harthy, the Foreign Ministry’s Undersecretary for Diplomatic Affairs and Thomas Schneider, German Ambassador to Oman and several officials from both sides. A commemorative stamp was revealed during the ceremony to embody the advanced relations ...

German Chancellor Starts First Trip To Africa Since Taking Office

Berlin, 22 May (ONA) ---- German Chancellor Olaf Scholz set off on Sunday for his first trip to Africa since taking office some six months ago.During his visit to Senegal, Niger and South Africa, the consequences of the war in Ukraine are expected to be a major topic. --- ...

Russia Captures 770 Ukrainian Fighters from Mariupol: Officials

Moscow, 19 May (ONA) —— Russian officials say they have captured more than 770 Ukrainian fighters in the past 24 hours from the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol.The latest figure comes a day after Moscow announced that 959 Ukrainian fighters had surrendered to Russian forces in the besieged steelworks since the start of the week.In total, the Russia Defence Ministry says 1,730 Ukrainian combatants have been captured from the site so far.The figures were not confirmed by Ukrainian sources.—— ...

Russia Insists Mariupol Troops Surrendering

Moscow, 18 May (ONA) --- The Kremlin said the Ukrainian soldiers at a giant steel mill in the port of Mariupol are surrendering. The Russian Defense Ministry said today that 959 Ukrainian soldiers had surrendered since Monday. Ukrainian authorities said they ordered the fighters to save their lives and added the mission to tie up Russian forces by defending the Azovstal plant is complete. But they have avoided describing the action of the ones who left the plant as a surrender. Asked about the conflicting Russian and Ukrainian narratives, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told ...

NATO Chief Hails ‘Historic Moment’ as Finland, Sweden Apply

Brussels, 18 May (ONA) --- Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General said today that the military alliance stands ready to seize a historic moment and move quickly on allowing Finland and Sweden to join its ranks, after the two countries submitted their membership requests. The official applications, handed over by Finland and Sweden’s ambassadors to NATO, set a security clock ticking. Russia, whose war on Ukraine spurred them to join the military organization, has warned that it wouldn’t welcome such a move, and could respond. The countries will only benefit from NATO’s ...

Spain, Morocco Reopen Land Border Crossings

Madrid, 17 May (ONA) --- The land borders between Spain and Morocco at Ceuta and Melilla, Spain’s North African enclave cities, have begun to reopen after being closed for just over two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic and later a diplomatic crisis between the two countries. Crowds gathered at the first border to reopen — Tarajal, in Ceuta, and Beni Enzar in Melilla — to witness the reopening. Crossings have been initially limited to residents of Europe’s passport-free Schengen area and their family members, and will be expanded to cross-border workers by the end ...

Sweden Signs NATO Request, Finns to Formally Endorse Move

Stockholm, 17 May (ONA) --- Sweden today signed a formal request to join NATO, a day after the country announced it would seek membership in the 30-member military alliance. In neighboring Finland, lawmakers are expected later in the day to formally endorse Finnish leaders’ decision also to join. The moves by the two Nordic countries end Sweden’s more than 200 years of military nonalignment and Finland’s nonalignment after World War II. --- Ends/Khalid ...

German Chancellor, Chinese President Discuss Conflict in Ukraine

Berlin, 9 May (ONA) ---- German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.The discussion also covered the conflict's impact on global food supplies and energy security, government spokesperson Steffen Hebestreit said in a brief statement after the videoconference on Monday.Other topics included strengthening bilateral relations and economic cooperation between the two countries, the pandemic, climate protection and relations between Europe and China.Chinese state television reported that Xi had warned against an ...

NATO Chief Says Finland, Sweden Could Join Quite Quickly

Brussels, 28 Apr (ONA) --- Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General today said that Finland and Sweden would be embraced with open arms should they decide to join the 30-nation military organization and could become members quite quickly. Stoltenberg’s remarks came as public support in Finland and Sweden for NATO membership mounts in response to Russia’s war in Ukraine. Media speculation in the two countries suggest the two might apply in mid-May. “It’s their decision,” Stoltenberg said. “But if they decide to apply, Finland and Sweden will be warmly welcomed, and ...

Russia Cuts Natural Gas to Two NATO Nations

Moscow, 27 Apr (ONA) --- Russia today cut natural gas off to NATO members Poland and Bulgaria and threatening to disconnect even more nations, the Associated Press (AP) news reported. A day after the United States (US) and other Western allies vowed to speed more and better military supplies to Ukraine, the Kremlin upped the ante, using its most essential export as leverage. The tactic could eventually force targeted nations to ration gas and deal another blow to economies suffering from rising prices. Benchmark gas prices in Europe shot up on the news that Poland and Bulgaria ...

Oman, Kazakhstan Celebrate Three Decades of Cooperation

Muscat, 27 Apr (ONA) --- The Sultanate of Oman and the Republic of Kazakhstan today marked the 30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.A communique issued by the two countries said that the last three decades contributed to bolstering the bilateral relations in various fields on the basis of mutual respect of sovereignty, the integrity of lands and non-interference in internal affairs.The communique added that mutual visits, bilateral consultations and forming parliamentary friendship associations contributed to promoting the cooperation and ...

Oman Calls for an End to Israel’s Occupation of Palestinian Lands

New York, 27 Apr (ONA) --- The Sultanate of Oman has urged the global community to take a more active role to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands in accordance with international legitimacy decisions, notably Security Council Decisions No. 224 and 338. This was stated by Dr. Mohammed Awadh Al Hassan, Permanent Representative of the Sultanate of Oman to the United Nations (UN), who delivered a speech before the UN Security Council about the developments in the Palestinian issue. Oman also welcomed the ‘statement’ called for by the UN Special Coordinator for the ...

UN Chief Calls for Cease-fire on Moscow Visit

Moscow, 26 Apr (ONA) --- António Guterres, UN Secretary-General has called for a cease-fire in Ukraine at his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Guterres is visiting Moscow and is then scheduled to visit the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, this week. “We are extremely interested in finding ways in order to create the conditions for effective dialog, create the conditions for a cease-fire as soon as possible, create the conditions for a peaceful solution,” Guterres said, speaking in televised comments at the start of the meeting. Guterres also said he wanted to ...

Top Russian Diplomat Warns Ukraine against Provoking WWIII

Kyiv, 26 Apr (ONA) --- Russia’s top diplomat warned Ukraine against provoking World War III and said the threat of a nuclear conflict “should not be underestimated” as his country unleashed attacks against rail and fuel installations far from the front lines of Moscow’s new eastern offensive. Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister said Russia has “a feeling that the West wants Ukraine to continue to fight and, as it seems to them, wear out, exhaust the Russian army and the Russian military industrial war complex. This is an illusion.” Weapons supplied by Western ...

Zelenskyy Describes US Talks as Effective, Encouraging

Kyiv, 25 Apr (ONA) --- Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine’s President has hailed talks with Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State and Lloyd Austin, US Defense Secretary as “encouraging” and “effective.” Speaking in today video address, he said the US is offering “powerful” support to his country. Zelenskyy added that they agreed “on further steps to strengthen the armed forces of Ukraine and meet all the priority needs of our army.” He noted that ramping up sanctions against Moscow also was on the meeting’s agenda. Blinken and Austin said the United States had ...

US Promises More Ukraine Aid

Lviv, 25 Apr (ONA) --- Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State and Lloyd Austin, US Defense Secretary today said after a secrecy-shrouded visit to Kyiv that Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy is committed to winning his country’s fight against Russia and that the United States (US) will help him achieve that goal. Austin said that the nature of the fight in Ukraine had changed now that Russia has pulled away from the wooded northern regions to focus on the eastern industrial heartland of the Donbas. Because the nature of the fight has evolved, so have Ukraine’s military ...

India, EU Decide to Launch Trade, Technology Council

Brussels, 25 Apr (ONA) --- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen today agreed to launch an EU-India trade and technology council to address the challenges of ensuring trusted technology and security in the wake of rapid geopolitical changes. The decision was taken during talks between Modi and von der Leyen.The European Union (EU) said the strategic coordination mechanism will allow both partners to tackle challenges “at the nexus of trade, trusted technology and security, and thus deepen cooperation in these fields.” It said ...