Oman–United Arab Emirates relations
United Arab Emirates
Oman – United Arab Emirates relations are the relations between the United Arab Emirates and Oman. The U.A.E. has an embassy in Muscat while Oman maintains an embassy in Abu Dhabi and a consulate-general in Dubai. Both countries are part of the Middle East region and share close cultural ties. Oman and the U.A.E. also share very large borders with each other, including two exclaves of Oman accessible on land only through the U.A.E, and also seem to border the Gulf of Oman.
November 2010 Spy network uncovering
The UAE was allegedly running a massive spy network in Oman which the Omani government managed to uncover in November–December 2010. The alleged agents for the UAE are said to have spied on the Omani government and military. Government sources in Oman have stated that a number of Omani nationals were arrested too. The spies may have been interested in the issue of the succession of Oman's Sultan Qaboos. There are also views that the spy network might be focused on unearthing true value and meaning of Oman-Iran relations. Oman has enjoyed a very cordial relationship with Iran, whilst Arab nations have taken a very hard and hostile stance against their Persian neighbor. UAE denied any links to the network.
Relations between the two nations became very strained ever since then. Sultan of Oman did not personally attend the GCC summit in Abu Dhabi whilst other heads of state did as they usually do. Reconciliation process started due to extreme efforts by the Emir of Kuwait and relations between Oman and UAE have since stabilized.
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