GCC News Roundup: New Omani ruler assumes power, Qatar Emir appoints new prime minister (January 1-31)

Sultan Qaboos dies, new Omani ruler assumes power Oman’s Sultan Qaboos, whose quiet diplomacy during five decades in power helped calm regional turbulence, died on January 10 at the age of 79. The new sultan, Haitham bin Tariq al-Said, assumed power the next day, promising to uphold the foreign policy of his Western-backed predecessor, under … Continue reading GCC News Roundup: New Omani ruler assumes power, Qatar Emir appoints new prime minister (January 1-31)