Oman joins Saudi-led Islamic military alliance - Saudi source | Reuters

 Oman joins Saudi-led Islamic military alliance - Saudi source
| Reuters

DUBAI Oman has joined a Saudi-led coalition of Muslim countries to fight terrorism, a Saudi official source said on Wednesday, adding this showed Muscat, traditionally on friendly terms with Tehran, was returning to a Gulf Arab "consensus against Iran".The sultanate indicated its willingness to take part in the 40-country alliance, a coalition unveiled by Riyadh in December 2015, in a letter to Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman, the source said."Oman has always in the past taken positions and policies that are contrary to the Gulf positions regarding the region. This now shows the return of Oman to the Gulf consensus against Iran and its political positions," the source said.

(Reporting by William Maclean; Editing by Alison Williams)

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Updated Date: Dec 29, 2016 00:46:19 IST