Monday, December 25, 2006

Call for Peaceful End to Iran N-Row

By Khaled Almaeena

Muscat — Saudi Arabia and Oman yesterday called for a peaceful resolution of the standoff between Iran and Western countries on Tehran’s nuclear program. They emphasized the right of all countries in the region to possess nuclear technology for peaceful purposes but reiterated that the Middle East must be made free of weapons of mass destruction.

King Abdullah arrived in Jeddah yesterday from Muscat after holding extensive talks with Sultan Qaboos on major regional and international issues as well as ways of boosting bilateral ties. Abdullah held a final round of talks with the Omani leader before returning to the Kingdom.

Sultan Qaboos underscored King Abdullah’s efforts in strengthening the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council and his support for joint GCC action in order to achieve greater progress and prosperity for GCC citizens and reinforce peace and stability in the Gulf region.

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