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Oman FM says espionage ‘common’ between neighbours

Oman’s foreign minister, Yusuf Bin Alawi [File photo]
Oman’s Foreign Minister, Yousuf Bin Alawi [File photo]

Omani Foreign Minister Yousuf Bin Alawi remarked on the arrest of an Emirati spying cell in the country saying “these things happen between neighbours”.

Bin Alawi was asked during a lecture on foreign relations held at the Cultural Club in Muscat about the UAE espionage cell arrested nearly three months ago in Oman, saying “these incidents happen between neighbours” and that the Sultanate deals “nicely” with all its neighbours.

Last week, Omani media reported that a cell of five Emiratis including officers, as well as two Omani civilians had been put on trial.

The defendants were arrested, interrogated and then brought to the public prosecutor nearly three months ago.

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This is the second time, Oman uncovers an Emirati spy cell

In 2011, Oman News Agency revealed that security services arrested an “Emirati spy network” which was collecting information on the government and military.

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