Oman is an important regional counterterrorism (CT) partner that actively worked in 2019 to prevent terrorists from conducting attacks or using the country as a safe haven.
In its annual ‘Country Reports on Terrorism 2019: Oman’, on combating global terrorism, issued on the weekend, the US Department of State said that ‘there were no terrorist incidents reported in Oman in 2019’ and that the sultanate issued many statements denouncing terrorist attacks around the world.
The report said that ‘Oman is a member of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC), and the Riyadh-based Terrorist Financing Targeting Centre . The government of Oman also issued several statements condemning terrorist attacks around the world in 2019 and it continues to implement the penal code released by the Royal Decree (7/2018) which incriminates joining or offering either material or ideological support to a foreign terrorist or extremist organisation.
The report commended efforts of various security and military departments and their response to combating terrorism. It hailed their fundamental roles in securing the sultanate against terrorist threats. It also commended the government’s devising of preemptive plans to prevent or act against terrorist attacks.
Oman is a member of the Middle East and North Africa Financial Action Task Force (MENAFATF). Besides being a member of Financial Information Processing Unit (FIU), Oman is also a member of the Egmont Group, an informal network that seeks to promote international cooperation among financial information units.
The US State Department also touched on the role of the Central Bank of Oman (CBO), the National Committee to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorism Finance, and the National Committee for Combating Terrorism to strategise about enhancing protections against money laundering in Oman.
In December, Omani officials participated in the Department of Justice led workshop that focused on disrupting terrorist and criminal funding mechanisms through effective online undercover investigations.
In 2019, Oman’s Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs continued to encourage religious tolerance and interfaith dialogue through a programme titled ‘Tolerance, Understanding, Coexistence – Oman’s Message of Islam.’
After facilitating several events in Europe in 2018, the ministry promoted the initiative in 2019 through exhibitions in the United States, Indonesia, and Nepal.
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