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Oman's Ministry of Foreign Affairs rebuts fake ‘tweets’


The fake twitter account, which carried the minister’s photograph as its profile picture, condemns the Israeli attack on Gaza and criticises global bodies’ role. – Downloaded photo

Muscat: A twitter account posting 'statements' on behalf of foreign affairs minister Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah is fake and the tweets are false statements, Oman's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has tweeted.

"That twitter account is a fake one and the tweet is also an untrue statement," the ministry tweeted.

The fake twitter account, which carried the minister's photograph as its profile picture, condemns the Israeli attack on Gaza and criticises global bodies' role.

The tweet which went online at 7:44am Sunday has been re-tweeted 373 times and marked favourite by 164 twitter users.

Meanwhile, at 1:22pm, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted, terming the account as fake and brushing aside the fake tweet.

In June, a tweet by an official at the same ministry regarding price control by the Public Authority for Consumer Protection had created confusion.

Last week, foreign ministers of Oman and Iran called for international efforts to help end the Gaza blockade and dispatch foodstuff and medical aid to the besieged enclave.

In a telephone conversation, Omani foreign minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif urged the Egyptian government to facilitate the dispatch of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

The Omani minister, on his part, expressed the hope that the continuing consultations among influential Muslim countries would ease the Palestinians' suffering. He lashed out at the Israeli regime for resuming its aggression against the Palestinians in Gaza and urged an immediate end to the attacks ahead of Eid Al Fitr.

In July, the chairman of Oman's Majlis Al Shura attended the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) and voiced support to the Palestinians heading to the UN seeking international protection for the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation.

"It also urged for a collective Arab action on all levels to back the demand. The events in Gaza are an act of madness and reflect the weakness of the community, differences and divide within and the absence of a clear vision", said Majlis Al Shura Chairman Khalid bin Hilal Al Ma'awali.

"We have to cooperate and be more responsible to minimise the sufferings of Palestinians and do our best to stop Israeli aggression, which is beyond description," the Shura chairman had said.

To get in touch: reji@timesofoman.com

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