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These conflicting interests erupted into full-blown war in late September 1970 when Omani forces occupied Perim and came into unexpected contact with Somaliland Army troops landing at the southern harbor, sending the island into a deadlock for the rest of the war. The remainder of the fighting came with an Omani occupation of the Seba Islands off Somaliland's eastern coast and a brief Somaliland occupation of the Ras Menheli Peninsula on Oman's southwestern coast. Oman's paranoid Sultan, Said bin Taimur, was desposed by his son Qaboos bin Said on April 9, 1971, with Qaboos' goal being that of ending isolation from nations outside the Middle East and beginning major modernization and development throughout Oman. As a result, Qaboos invited Somaliland's President Abdirahman Tuur to peace talks in the Omani capital of Salalah, with Britain's PM Edward Heath serving as a mediator between the two. On April 15, the Treaty of Salalah was signed by Tuur and Qaboos, and once it went into effect a day later, the war finally ended.