Oman has accepted a $210 million grant from Saudi Arabia to fund two projects at its flagship Arabian Sea port of Duqm, a rare agreement between two countries that often differ on some of the Middle East\u2019s biggest disputes. The funding, to be provided by the Saudi Development Fund, will finance a 61-million-rial ($158 million) fishing facility and a road costing 20 million rials, state-run Oman News Agency reported Thursday. Oman wants to develop Duqm into a major hub, and is building a 230,000 barrel per day oil refinery there with Kuwait.\r\nMuscat rarely takes handouts. The Gulf Cooperation Council offered it a $10 billion aid package following protests in 2011, but it\u2019s not known how much, if anything, was disbursed. Following reports of a 1-billion-dirham grant by the United Arab Emirates in 2014, Oman\u2019s foreign minister said his country had \u201cnever asked for it.\u201d\r\n\u201cThis grant comes within the framework of developing economic cooperation between the two countries\u201d and programs to develop the GCC, Omani Finance Minister Darwish Al Balushi said. The Saudi fund also set aside $150 million to finance Omani SMEs.\r\nMuscat hosted secret negotiations that led to the 2015 nuclear agreement between world powers and Saudi Arabia\u2019s arch-nemesis Iran. It has also refused to take sides in Riyadh\u2019s war in Yemen and boycott of Qatar.\r\nBloomberg.