Oman’s key role in piracy fight

Oman in May advanced its counter-piracy efforts

Oman plays key role in fight against maritime piracy

By Khalid al-Buhairi in Muscat and Faisal Darem in Sanaa

Oman in May advanced its counter-piracy efforts, meeting in Cairo with experts from other Arab justice and interior ministers councils to review a draft regional protocol on combating piracy.

The sultanate’s counter-piracy efforts and multi-level co-ordination with Gulf, Arab and international partners has contributed to a drop in incidences of piracy, Oman’s Coast Guard said.

Maritime piracy has reached its lowest level in six years, according to an International Maritime Bureau report issued this year which cited 15 incidents of piracy in the waters adjacent to Somalia in 2013, down from 237 in 2011.

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