Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Had Talks Over The Weekend With Foreign Leaders

By Tiffany Williams –

Saturday, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Omani Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr al-Busaidi. During their conversation the Secretary expressed his gratitude for Oman’s support securing the recent furlough of Morad Tabhaz, a U.S. citizen unjustly detained in Iran, and for Oman’s extensive coordination on issues related to Iran and regional stability. 

The Secretary also welcomed the important role of Oman in helping to secure the truce in Yemen and noted he looked forward to hosting the Foreign Minister in Washington soon.

Secretary Blinken also spoke Saturday with Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council President Rashad al-Alimi to reiterate the importance of the Yemeni Government’s support for extending the UN-led truce to ease suffering, expand tangible benefits for Yemenis, and build toward a permanent ceasefire and a more comprehensive, inclusive political process.  

During the conversation, Secretary Blinken noted that the truce provides the best opportunity for peace that Yemenis have had in years and reaffirmed President Biden’s strong support for the Presidential Leadership Council, welcoming the leadership the Council has demonstrated thus far on the truce.

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