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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, center, and President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer, speak during a new round of talks by Yemen's warring parties in Amman, Jordan.  Yemen’s warring sides on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020,  started U.N.-brokered peace consultations in Switzerland to exchange prisoners, the United Nations said, part of a long-delayed deal aiming to end a conflict that has killed thousands of civilians and set off the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

2 US citizens released by Iran-backed militants in Yemen

Oct. 14, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Americans and the remains of a third held captive by Iranian-backed militants in Yemen were released on Wednesday in exchange for the return of about 250 of the Houthi rebels from Oman, according to the White House and sources in the region. Oman’s state news said the American...

Oman reinstates ambassador to Syria after years-long hiatus

Oct. 5, 2020 7:54 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman has sent an ambassador to Syria after an eight-year hiatus, the state news agency reported, the latest sign of deepening engagement between Gulf Arab states and Syria's President Bashar Assad. The move on Sunday made Oman the first Gulf Arab state to reinstate its...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2020 file photo, Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tariq meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at al-Alam palace in the capital Muscat, Oman. The new sultan, while quietly making his mark, faces real challenges ahead. Oman has billions in looming loan repayments, including from China, and needs even more money as its youthful population wants jobs and its government cannot afford the cradle-to-grave benefits given in other Gulf Arab nations. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP, File)

Oman's new sultan quietly makes his mark as challenges loom

Oct. 1, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — When Oman's ruler of a half century died without an heir apparent, brief fears of turmoil ended with the quick announcement of a new sultan in this nation on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula. But instead of the military rulers whose arrivals come with martial...

FILE - In this March 31, 2019 file photo, Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, attends the opening of the 30th Arab Summit, in Tunis, Tunisia. The White House said Friday that Trump is awarding the Legion of Merit to Kuwait’s Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, who, along with Oman, has sought dialog to end a boycott that fellow Gulf Cooperation Council that’s targeted Qatar since June 2017. The emir's eldest son was to accept the award on behalf of his father in a private ceremony. (Fethi Belaid/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Trump gives award to Kuwait's ruling emir

Sep. 18, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has bestowed a top U.S. honor on Kuwait's ruling emir, who has played a central role in resolving a yearslong four-nation boycott of Qatar and is now ill and receiving treatment in the U.S., the White House said Friday. Trump awarded the Legion of Merit to...

In this photo released by the state-run Oman News Agency, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, meets with Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tariq in Muscat, Oman, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Pompeo visited Oman's new sultan on Thursday, the last stop on a Mideast trip that sought to build on an American-brokered deal to have Israel and the United Arab Emirates normalize relations. (Oman News Agency via AP)

Pompeo ends Mideast trip with visit to Oman's new sultan

Aug. 27, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday visited Oman's new sultan, the last stop on a Mideast trip that sought to build on an American-brokered deal to have Israel and the United Arab Emirates normalize relations. Pompeo's plane landed in the Omani capital,...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters following a meeting with members of the U.N. Security Council, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at the United Nations. The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its demand for all U.N. sanctions on Iran to be restored, citing significant Iranian violations of the 2015 nuclear deal.  (Mike Segar/Pool via AP)

Pompeo heads to Mideast as part of Trump's Arab-Israeli push

Aug. 23, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on a trip to the Middle East, the first of two senior U.S. officials to travel to the region this week as the Trump administration presses an ambitious Arab-Israeli peace push that President Donald Trump hopes will burnish his foreign policy credentials...