KUALA LUMPUR: McDonald's Oman, managed by Al Daud Restaurants LLC, has expressed its unwavering solidarity with the people of Gaza by donating US$100,000 towards relief efforts following the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
McDonald's Oman in a statement on its social media, affirmed its deep sympathy for the people of Gaza.
"From this ground of sound values and principles, we are pleased to announce that McDonald's Oman has donated US$100,000 towards the relief efforts for the people of Gaza, in coordination with the concerned official authorities.
"We also would like to confirm that McDonald's Corporation is a listed company, owned by millions of shareholders from around the world, including Arabs and Muslims.
"McDonald's Corporation never interferes in politics and always adheres to absolute neutrality and does not adopt any political positions for its commercial interests around the world.
"This is to preserve the commercial interests of the brand spread across more than 120 countries around the world," it said.
It also clarified that any individual decision or action of one of its licensees in any country is not considered a representation of it, its policy, or its values and principles.
"What the licensee in Israel did was an individual and private act, and not with the approval or direction of the international company or any other licensee, especially in our Arab world.
"We also reaffirm that McDonald's Oman is a 100 per cent Omani company wholly owned and managed by Al Daud Restaurants LLC and we are proud that we have more than 260 young Omani nationals working with us.
"We stand with Gaza in these difficult times. Let us all combine our efforts and support the community in Gaza with everything we can.
"We ask God Almighty to protect our beloved country and all Arab and Muslim countries from all the evil and hate," it added.