Oman plans pipeline to Iran as US sanctions loom

Eurasia News Online

Muscat is moving ahead with a planned natural gas pipeline to Iran, hopeful that US sanctions to be imposed November 5 will strictly target oil

While recent winters have sometimes seen a sprinkling of snow on the jagged peaks of Oman’s mountains, this is not the main reason the Gulf sultanate is widely known as the “Switzerland of Arabia.”

That title comes more from its decades-old policy of neutrality and mediation, with Oman often providing a channel of communications between warring parties, while staying well out of the disputes raging around it.

Now though, with the United States ramping up pressure on Iran with backing from fellow Gulf states Saudi Arabia and the UAE, there is growing uncertainty in the sultanate as to how much longer that neutrality can last.

Few issues illustrate this dilemma more than a planned pipeline to Iran.

In the pipeline

The Iran-Oman…

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