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OMAN has a moderate foreign policy based on internationally accepted principles.
In its relations with other countries, the Sultanate adopts an approach based on the values of peace, co-existence, tolerance, dialogue and cooperation, as well as respect for the principles of justice, equality and non-interference in the internal affairs of others.
Oman is an advocate of the settlement of disputes through peaceful means, in accordance with the United Nations Charter and the rules of international law with the prime aim of fostering confidence, mutual respect and good neighbourliness in a manner that safeguards for nations their security, stability and prosperity.
Within this framework, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said has reiterated Oman's support for all efforts made to establish peace and stability in the Middle East region so that its countries can continue their march towards progress.
In terms of high-level exchanges of views, Oman received Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Feb 15, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Feb 20, Jordan King Abdullah II on May 14 and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on May 17.
The Sultanate has always expressed its opinion clearly in international events about the need to maintain peace and dialogue as "the collective responsibility of all nations", represented by the United Nations (UN).
Oman reiterates that the UN be given a strong role to protect humanity from conflicts and wars. It pointed out that the continuation of political and economic disputes is the result of the failure of the international community to honour its responsibility in assisting under-developed countries to achieve progress.
This, the Sultanate observed, produced many problems, including global immigration, anarchy and instability in many regions of the world. It called for strong cooperation to address these issues.
In its speech before the 72nd General Assembly of the UN held in New York, the Sultanate called for the international organisation to be enabled to again lead the process of peace and development worldwide through the activation of its agencies, the assistance of all countries to achieve sustainable development, and the promotion of a culture of cooperation, dialogue and peaceful co-existence.
The Sultanate also condemned all forms of terrorism, irrespective of its justifications. It reaffirmed its support for all efforts aimed at eliminating this phenomenon through proper action in accordance with international resolutions, treaties and agreements.