In further destabilisation of region, UK announced new military base in Oman
– SANA’A – In what could further undermine the stability of the region, the United Kingdom has announded plans to open a British military base in the Sultanate of Oman by March 2019. The move comes as part of the British outreach to “strengthen ties with its allies” in the region.
UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced the opening of the base in the wake of large-scale military exercises of British forces in Oman.
“Our relations with Oman are based on centuries of cooperation and we are working to strengthen them to continue in the future by opening our new common base,” Williamson said in an official statement.
“This is more important now than ever, as the malicious activities of hostile states and violent extremist organizations seek to undermine stability and undermine the principles based system on which we all depend.”
The statement of the British secretary are likely to be met with suspicion in Yemen. The United Kingdom, together with the United States, is one of the major supporters and suppliers of the Saudi-led war of aggression against Yemen. Evidence has surfaced that the UK not only sell state-of-the-art weaponry to the Riyadh regime, but is even involved in the war rooms and intelligence services of the Saudi-led invasion, being directly involved in the mass murder of Yemeni people. The British also maintain close relations with Bahrain, a small petroleum monarchy notorious for its persecution of its own Shia majority population. Earlier this year, the UK opened a permanent military base in Bahrain as well.
The Sultanate of Oman has long played the role of neutral observer and mediator in the Yemeni conflict, as well as in other regional conflicts in the Gulf and the Arab world. However, some fears have arisen that this neutrality might be coming to an end, especially after the Sultan of Oman personally received Israeli regime prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his palace.