Addressing a media gathering following his maiden visit to the sultanate on Tuesday, Guterres said, “This is my first visit to the region and the objective is to be able to consult the Government of Oman to see how I can be useful, recognising [its role] in bringing peace to the region.” Guterres addressed the media, following a meeting with H E Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs.
“How I can be useful in supporting all those like Oman, that has always been in the first line of mediation trying to bring together the parties to the conflicts and trying to make sure that peace is possible?” the UN chief said.
On the conflict in Yemen, Guterres said that, he has known the Yemeni people for a long time, and he wishes to be able to serve and support the efforts of all those who want peace to be re-established in Yemen.
“They are very generous people who are suffering so much,” he said. He also met H H Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers. The Secretary-General was on his first major trip, which took him to Turkey, Saudi Arabia and UAE. From Oman, he left for Qatar and then to Egypt and Germany.