The Sultanate of Oman will not participate in the Joint Arab Force, Foreign Minister Youssef Bin Alawi announced on Monday. "Omani armed forces are forbidden to operate outside the Gulf Cooperation Council framework," he explained. "Nevertheless, we are counting on the Arab states' ability to create such a force due to current developments."
Describing his country's relations with Iran as "good", Bin Alawi insisted, "Relations should be good, and based on common interest and beneficial to all parties."
Of the sultanate's vision for a political solution to the Yemeni crisis, the foreign minister said that Oman hopes for a negotiated political agreement for its neighbour, "despite the current military intervention" by outside forces. "What we have heard from both sides is a desire to resolve the crisis in Yemen through political understanding," he added.