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Immediate Release

Readout of U.S.-Oman Joint Military Commission

Department of Defense Spokesperson Major Rob Lodewick provided the following readout:

The United States and the Sultanate of Oman held the U.S.-Oman Joint Military Commission (JMC) at the Pentagon on March 23-24, 2022.  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for the Middle East Dana Stroul led the U.S. delegation. Secretary General, His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bin Nasser Al–Za’abi, led the Oman delegation.  

The JMC is the premier bilateral forum for senior U.S. and Omani government and defense officials to discuss ongoing security assistance and military cooperation, and to advance the U.S.-Oman defense relationship.

DASD Stroul and Secretary General Al-Za’abi reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-Oman strategic partnership.  The delegations conferred on a broad range of security challenges throughout the region, including maritime and border security threats as well as Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region.  Omani and U.S. participants also discussed the conflict in Yemen, continuing efforts to combat violent extremist organizations, and ways to grow the defense partnership over the coming years, including by strengthening air and missile defense and bolstering maritime security.  The delegations discussed DoD’s global defense strategy and the U.S. approach to China.  The JMC included sessions on security assistance, military operations and military agreements, and strategic initiatives.  

The U.S. delegation expressed gratitude for Oman’s continued support for safe and secure U.S. military access in Oman.  Both sides agreed on the importance of continuing to advance the U.S.-Oman defense and security partnership through joint training, exercises, and working together to expand regional cooperation to address shared threats.