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Visit to Oman, 26-28 September 2016

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Security on the Arabian Peninsula, the civil wars in Syria and Yemen and the continuing threat posed by Daesh, were at the top of the agenda of the visit of the Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Relations (PCTR) to Oman from 26 to 28 September 2016.  Other issues featuring prominently on the agenda included international cooperation in fighting Daesh[1] and the political and security implications of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal between the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (plus Germany) and Iran.

The fact-finding visit to Oman was led by Oeyvind Halleraker (Norway), Chairman of the PCTR, and comprised 20 parliamentarians from nine NATO member countries of the Sub-Committee and the Officers of the Assembly’s Special Mediterranean and Middle East Group (GSM).  The meetings in Muscat provided a comprehensive picture of the security challenges facing the Gulf littoral state, and of the region. The delegation met with senior officials from the government of Oman and engaged in an active dialogue with the Consultative Council (Majlis A’Shura) and the State Council (Majlis A’Dawla). In a separate meeting, diplomatic representatives provided additional information on Oman’s proactive role for regional and indeed global security.