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'Spy ring' dispute with Oman resolved, UAE official says

Kuwaiti Emir intervenes to clear differences between the GCC neighbours over an alleged spy ring

'Spy ring' dispute with Oman resolved, UAE official says
DIPLOMATIC RESOLUTION: The Emir of Kuwait travelled between UAE and Oman in an effort to resolve the diplomatic spat (Getty Images)

Oman and the UAE have reconciled their differences over an alleged spy ring, a UAE foreign ministry official said, after the Emir of Kuwait intervened in the developing diplomatic spat.

In January 2011, Oman levelled charges of espionage at the UAE, after it claimed to have uncovered an Emirati spy ring that targeted its government and military.

Omani security forces had arrested several Omani nationals as suspects, an Arabian Business report said.

With the close relationship of the GCC members at stake, the Associated Press reported that Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, held high level talks with the rulers of both countries in an effort to clear the air.

On Thursday, Sheikh Sabah led a delegation of several UAE officials, including Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to Oman to find a final resolution, the official said on the condition of anonymity.

 The delegation met with Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who expressed a keen interest in promoting relations between the two countries to a wider horizon, Abdul Rahman Bin Hamad Al Attiya, secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, said in a statement to WAM, the UAE news agency.

“The positive developments in the UAE-Omani relations will be effectively instrumental in solidifying the GCC march towards the highest levels of coordination and cooperation,” he added.

Although the UAE had denied any allegations of wrongdoing at the time, tensions between the two neighbours rose, prompting fears of an unprecedented diplomatic row.

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