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Oman says it has reconciled with UAE over spy ring

Oman has reconciled with the United Arab Emirates after Kuwaiti mediation succeeded in resolving tensions over an alleged spy ring, a foreign ministry official said Friday.

Last month, Oman said it dismantled a spy ring linked to the UAE that targeted government and military operations. The UAE strongly denied the allegations and the case marked a rare display of tensions between the close allies and neighbors.

The official said Kuwait's emir, Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, shuttled between the Gulf nations and returned to Oman Thursday along with several UAE officials, including Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum.

They met with Oman's ruler, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.

Efforts to ease the dispute have taken on urgency following rare clashes between security forces and protesters this week in Oman. The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council also is seeking a unified strategy amid unrest in Bahrain and calls for protests in Kuwait next week.

The UAE news agency WAM confirmed the Kuwaiti mediation and the meeting in Oman. It said Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi attended the meeting.