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UAE denies link with ‘spy network' in Oman

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said it was shocked and surprised to see a report by Oman's State media on the uncovering of a “UAE spy network” in the Sultanate of Oman, the Foreign Ministry said on January 30.

In a statement issued by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “the United Arab Emirates categorically denied any knowledge or link with the alleged network, and was surprised to see its name mentioned in such reports that contradict the values and norms of the UAE's dealings with friendly countries, especially with the Sultanate of Oman with which the UAE is so keen to bolster its fraternal and historic relations,” the Emirates News Agency, WAM (Wakalat Anba'a al-Emarat), reported. “Meanwhile, the UAE expresses its willingness to cooperate with Oman in any investigation and uncover those who attempt to mar the relations between the two countries,” the report said. The UAE indicated that the security and stability of the Sultanate meant the UAE's stability.

Earlier in the day, the Omani News Agency said the country's security authorities had discovered a spy network affiliated to the UAE's State security service targeting the regime in Oman, as well as its government and military bodies. The report did not give more details.

Both the UAE and Oman are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a regional trade bloc founded in 1981 that has about 45 per cent of the world's proven oil reserves.

— Xinhua

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