Monday, March 25, 2019
The United States clinched a strategic port deal with Oman on Sunday which US officials say will allow the US military better access the Gulf region and reduce the need to send ships through the Strait of Hormuz, a maritime choke point off Iran.
U.S. Statement on the Signing of the Strategic Framework Agreement: On March 24, 2019, the United States and Oman expanded our longstanding bilateral partnership by concluding an agreement governing U.S. access to facilities and ports in Salalah and Duqm. His Excellency Marc J. Sievers, Ambassador of the United States to Oman, signed the agreement on behalf of the United States, while His Excellency Mohammed Al Rasbi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Defense, signed for Oman. The agreement reaffirms the commitment of both countries to promoting mutual security goals and highlights the enduring strength of the U.S.-Oman strategic relationship, reflecting U.S. support for Oman's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
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