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UAE denies link with spy network in Oman

01-31-2011 11:25 BJT

DUBAI, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was shocked and surprised by a report of Oman's state media on the uncovering of a "UAE spy network" in Oman, the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

"In statement issued by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UAE categorically denies any knowledge or link with the alleged network, and was surprised to get its name immersed in such reports that contradict the values and norms of the UAE dealings with the sisterly and friendly countries, especially with the Sultanate of Oman with which the UAE is so keen to bolster the fraternal historic relations," the state news agency WAM reported.

Meanwhile, the UAE expresses its willingness to cooperate with Oman in any investigation and uncover those who attempt to mar the relations between the two countries, the report said.

Earlier in the day, the Omani News Agency said the country's security authorities have discovered a spy network affiliated to the UAE's state security service targeting the regime in Oman, as well as its government and military bodies. The report did not give more details on the alleged spy network.

Both the UAE and Oman are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a regional trade bloc founded in 1981 that has about 45 percent of the world's proven oil reserves.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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