(Pic taken from ForeignPolicy.com)
To understand the crucial role of Oman in fostering peace and balancing complicated relations between hostile nations, this article titled “Oman: The World’s Hostage Negotiator” (posted Nov. 14th) is a must read. It’s a wonderful article by Uri Friedman on the kind of wise, humanitarian and diplomatic wisdom that embodies “the mysterious wizard behind the curtain” here in the Sultanate of Oman. Interesting points from the article:
- Sultan Qaboos is described as “the most worldly and best-informed leader in the Arab World”.
- Oman has offered to facilitate secret talks between Washington and Tehran.
- US and Omani relations go back to at least 1841.
- Oman was the 1st Arab country to recognize the US!!