Muscat, Jan. 11 (ONA) --- The Defence Council today issued a statement reading as follows:
"The Defence Council would like to bring to the attention of citizens that, in pursuance of the first statement in which it called the Royal Family Council to convene to determine who will assume power, the Defence Council received today (Saturday, the 15th of Jumada Al-Ula 1441 AH, the 11th of January 2020) a reply from the Royal Family Council in which it reported that it convened and decided to assign the Defence Council to open the will of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos and instate the person that he had recommended in accordance with the provision of Article (6) of the Basic Law of the State and to undertake measures to induct the person recommended by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos in cooperation with the Royal Family Council, whose gesture reflects its gratitude and appreciation of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos's well-known wisdom and farsighted vision.
A 'will-opening' session was held today, Saturday, the 15th of Jumada Al-Ula 1441 AH, the 11th of January 2020, in the presence of:
Gen. Sultan bin Mohammed al-Nu'amani, Minister of the Royal Office, Acting Chairman of the Defence Council.
-Lt. Gen Hassan bin Mohsen al-Shraiqi, Inspector General of Police and Customs.
-Lt. Gen Said bin Ali al-Hilali, Head of the Internal Security Service.
-Lt. Gen Ahmed bin Harith al-Nabhani, Chief of Staff of the Sultan's Armed Forces.
-Maj. Gen Mattar bin Salim al-Balushi, Commander of the Royal Army of Oman.
-Air Vice Marshal Mattar bin Ali al-Obaidani, Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman.
-Rear Admiral Abdullah bin Khamis al-Ra'eesi, Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman.
-Maj. Gen Khalifa bin Abdullah al-Junaibi, Commander of the Royal Guard of Oman.
The session was also attended by:
-Dr. Yahya bin Mahfoudh al-Manthri, Chairman of the State Council.
-Khalid bin Hilal al-Ma'awali, Chairman of Majlis A'Shura.
-Sheikh Dr. Is'haq bin Ahmed al-Busaidi, Chairman of the Supreme Court.
-Dr. Saleh bin Hamad al-Rashdi, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court.
-Dr. Khalifa bin Mohammed al-Hadhrami, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court.
The Defence Council was honoured to have members of the Royal Family as witnesses to the procedure. The Defence Council was also honoured to open the will, to read it out directly to the audience and to declare His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Bin Taimour al-Said as the Sultan of Oman.
May the Almighty Allah protect Oman and His Majesty the Sultan."