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KSA minister meets Omani ruler in Muscat

KSA minister meets Omani ruler in Muscat

RIYADH, Nov 12: Saudi Arabia's vice minister of defense visited Oman on Monday and met with ruler Sultan Qaboos, Omani state news agency ONA reported, following a deal to end a power struggle in the south of Yemen. The Saudi defense ministry said Prince Khalid bin Salman, a son of the king, would meet with several Omani officials to discuss bilateral ties as well as regional security and stability. Neither statement mentioned Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is backing the internationally recognized government against the Iran-aligned Houthis, reports Reuters. Oman has largely remained neutral but has hosted talks to try to resolve the conflict and previously used its good relations with the Houthis and Iran to mediate with Riyadh and Washington. The deal signed last week between the Saudi-backed government and southern separatists was hailed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a step toward a wider political solution to end the multifaceted conflict. Earlier, on his arrival in Muscat, the Saudi deputy defense minister was received by Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Hareb Al-Busaidi, minister responsible for defense affairs in the Sultanate of Oman, Chief of Staff of the Sultan's Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Ahmed bin Harith Al-Nabhani and other officials. Prince Khalid will meet top officials and discuss bilateral ties. They will review issues of common concern and matters related to the security and stability of the region.

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