Oman avoids a ‘dangerous game’ in Lebanon

Oman has maintained its neutrality in the Saudi-Lebanon row when the the Lebanese Information Minister George described the war in Yemen as “absurd” and “futile” and also stated that the Houthi rebels are “a resistance movement, defending themselves and not attacking anyone.”

True to form, the Sultanate of Oman is embracing a “neutral” stance on the latest diplomatic row between Arab states, refusing to align with one geopolitical bloc against another.

Analysts can read Oman’s reaction as further reason to reject assumptions that Sultan Haitham was likely to make fundamental foreign policy changes or abandon key principles that defined the country on the international stage from 1970 to 2020.