Saudi journalist accuses Oman of war against neighbors

Doha, Sept 8, IRNA - Saudi newspaper editor of al-Riyadh al-Yaum claimed that Muscat by supporting Houthis of Yemen, has declared war against the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC).

Sami-al-Othman wrote in Tweets that Oman clearly supports Ansarullah Movement in Yemen.

He added that they sent their allied Houthis to Geneva with the Omani aircraft.

A few days ago, Mohammed al-Masoori, a lawyer for former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was in Riyadh, claimed that Muscat unrestrictedly supported the Ansarullah Movement in Yemen.

The Arab-American coalition, which has targeted Yemen over the past three and a half years, accuses any country that has taken a different path to support the Houthis in Yemen.

The US think-tank Stratford recently said in a report that Oman is trying to maintain a balance of relations policy in regional and international engagements referring to the pressure from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to shift the country into a policy in favor of the two countries.

Oman is trying to pursue neutrality in the Persian Gulf conflict. While the United States is targeting Iran with economic sanctions, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are pushing Oman to cut ties with Tehran.

The site wrote that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are seeking to exert pressures on the Sultanate of Oman to change their stance on many issues and pursue policies in line with Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.

The site added that despite the fact that Muscat is relinquishing existing strife between Persian Gulf states and the United States has also targeted Iran with economic sanctions, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are aiming to exert pressure on Oman to get away from Iran.

'Of course, Muscat will use its broad and good relations with the international and regional powers to withstand these pressures,' Stratfor wrote.

According to the report, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi tend to be more flexible towards their regional interests. They are pushing Oman to stop its trade with Iran, close any link with Yemen's Ansarullah Movement and join to seizure of Qatar.

According to this site, the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have a lever to exert pressure on Oman; for example, to convince Washington that Muscat has the weakest role in the US strategy against Iran, allowing Tehran to use its territory to circumvent sanctions. If Riyadh and Abu Dhabi fail in this regard, they will use other ways, which could put pressure on Omani citizens and its active companies in the UAE, which is the largest trading partner of Oman.

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