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Foreign Minister Meets Saudi Counterpart

Riyadh, Dec 21 (ONA) --- Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al-Busaidi, Foreign Minister met with Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia.   During the meeting, held at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs today, the two sides underlined the depth of fraternal relations between the two countries. They also stressed the joint keenness to sustain cooperation in various fields to achieve mutual benefits.      The two sides affirmed their support for the joint action march within the GCC framework. They also exchanged views on several issues and latest ...

The Sultanate, Russia Discuss Bilateral Relations

Muscat, Dec 21 (ONA) --- A meeting was held today between Sheikh Khalifa bin Ali al-Harthy, Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry for Diplomatic Affairs and Mikhail Bogdanov, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation.   Held via video-conferencing, the meeting discussed the relations between the two friendly countries and means of enhancing them to serve the joint interests, besides exchanging views on the regional and international issues. --- ...

Qatar to Mark National Day Tomorrow

Doha, Dec 17 (ONA) – The State of Qatar will tomorrow celebrate its National Day, which falls on the 18th of December every year. Qatar has made many significant accomplishments under the leadership of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Emir of Qatar.   This year, the State of Qatar witnessed a large number of achievements in implementation of Qatar National Vision 2030, which aims at consolidating sustainable development in the fields of education, training, health, human resources and economic diversification.   Qatar takes the lead in many international ...

Foreign Minister Receives Indian Counterpart

Muscat, Dec 16 (ONA)--- Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al- Busaidi, Foreign Minister received today V Muraleedharan, Minister of External Affairs in the Republic of India. The meeting reviewed means of enhancing relations between the two countries and emphasized the two sides' keenness in supporting partnership in the economic and investment fields.   The meeting also stressed the importance of cooperation and information exchange within the framework of the endeavors exerted against Covid19.   The two sides exchanged views on the regional and international issues of common ...

Kingdom of Bahrain to Mark its 49th National Day Tomorrow

  Manama, Dec 15 (ONA) --- The sisterly Kingdom of Bahrain will mark tomorrow (Wednesday) its 49th National Day and the 21st anniversary of King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain, accession to the throne. Since 1971, the Kingdom of Bahrain has been able to march towards progress and development by relying on its own capabilities, as well as developing a strategic vision that enhances its economic and financial capabilities. The Kingdom of Bahrain has witnessed a significant progress after King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa took reins of power in 1999. He announced ...

The Sultanate Denounces Targeting Oil Tanker Off Jeddah Port

  Muscat, Dec 15 (ONA) – The Sultanate today condemned the targeting of an oil tanker off the Port of Jeddah in the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).   A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry expressed the Sultanate’s solidarity with the KSA while it is addressing attacks targeting its security, stability and the freedom of navigation in its waters. – ...

The Sultanate, Iran Hold Official Consultation Session

  Muscat, Dec 14 (ONA) --- The 7th session of the strategic consultation committee between the Sultanate's Foreign Ministry and the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was held today.     The Omani side was chaired by Sheikh Khalifa bin Ali al-Harthy, Foreign Ministry's Undersecretary for Diplomatic Affairs while the Iranian side was chaired by Dr. Abbas Araghchi, Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs.   The session discussed the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and means of promoting them in various fields to the serve the ...

Foreign Minister Receives Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs

  Muscat, Dec 14 (ONA) --- Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al-Busaidi, Foreign Minister received in his office today Dr. Abbas Araghchi, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs.   During the meeting, the two sides stressed the importance of promoting various fields of bilateral cooperation, particularly the economic, commercial, cultural and scientific areas to serve the joint interests.   They also exchanged views on the regional and international developments, stressing keenness of the two neighbouring countries in supporting all endeavours and initiatives to ...

Oman Welcomes Reconciliation Initiative Undertaken By Kuwait

  Muscat, Dec 4 (ONA) —— The Sultanate has welcomed the statement issued by the sisterly State of Kuwait on the positive outcomes of reconciliation efforts that were previously led by the late Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber al-Sabah, as well as the efforts being made by Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait and US President Donald Trump.  These efforts reflect the keenness of all parties on solidarity and stability in GCC and other Arab countries with a view to reaching a final accord that would achieve constant ...

Foreign Ministry’s Undersecretary for Diplomatic Affairs Receives US Official

Muscat, Dec 3 (ONA)--- Sheikh Khalifa bin Ali al-Harthy, Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry for Diplomatic Affairs received today David Kenneth Schenker, Assistant of the US Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs and his accompanying delegation, who is currently on an official visit to the Sultanate.   The meeting discussed relations of the existing cooperation between the two countries in various fields and touched on the regional and international issues of common concern. The meeting also touched on the endeavors exerted to achieve peace and stability in the ...

Foreign Minister Holds Virtual Meeting with Indian Counterpart

Muscat, Dec 2 (ONA)--- Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamoud al-Busaidi, Foreign Minister held a virtual meeting today with S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India.   The meeting stressed the two countries' keenness in enhancing the existing cooperation relations on various fields, including cooperation in healthcare field to curb Covid-19 and the international cooperation to find a vaccine for this pandemic.   The meeting also touched on means of resolving issues and conflicts peacefully through dialogue.   The meeting was attended by ...

HH Sayyid Shihab Receives Iranian Ambassador

Muscat, Dec 2 (ONA) --- HH Sayyid Shihab bin Tarik bin Taimour al-Said, Deputy Prime Minister for Defense Affairs received in his office at Mu'askar Al Murtafa’ today Ali Najafi, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Sultanate. The two sides reviewed the good relations between the two friendly countries, as well as exchanging views on matters of common concern. —- ...

Oman Re-asserts Its “Culture Of Peace” Before UN General Assembly

New York, Dec 2 (ONA) – The Culture of Peace is accorded a special status in the Sultanate’s policy as reaffirmed by His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik.    This was stated here today before the United Nations general assembly meeting during the Sultanate’s speech, quoting His Majesty the Sultan’s Royal address last February in which he said, “Oman’s Message of Peace will continue to roam the world, conveying a great legacy and noble objectives, building rather than demolishing, working for rapprochement rather than ...

The Sultanate Participates in 25th Session of CSP-OPCW

The Hague, Dec 1 (ONA) —— The Sultanate is currently participating in the 25th session of the Conference of States Parties (CSP) of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).   The Sultanate is represented by Dr. Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem Al Harthy, the Sultanate’s ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and its permanent representative to the organization.   The five-day conference discusses a number of topics, including appointing the Director-General  and the deputies, electing members of the Executive Council, the ...

Foreign Minister Holds Telephone Call with Iranian Counterpart

Muscat, Nov 29 (ONA)--- Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamoud Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister made a phone call to Dr. Mohammed Jawad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran.   During the call, Sayyid Badr expressed the Sultanate’s condolences on the killing of the Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhri Zadeh. He also expressed the Sultanate’s condemnation of this act and everything that contradicts with the divine laws, as well ad the humanitarian and international ...

Oman ME Country Least Exposed to Terrorist Attacks: IEP Institute

Sidney, Nov 29 (ONA) —- The Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) has rated the Sultanate as the country that is least exposed to terrorist attacks in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. In its Global Peace Index 2020 report, the Australia-based institute said that the number of terrorism victims worldwide stood at 13,826 in 2019 and that 63 countries witnessed, at least, one terrorist attack last year, the least since 2013. The worst-hit region of the world was the sub-Saharan zone in Africa which comprises seven out of ten countries in the world that had the largest ...

Foreign Minister Receives GCC Secretary General

Muscat, Nov 24 (ONA) Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamoud al-Busaidi, Foreign Minister received in his office today Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak al-Hajjraf, GCC Secretary General.   The meeting reviewed the GCC march and the efforts exerted to enhance this march, in addition to the consultation on matters that serve aspirations of the GCC peoples. —- ...

Sultanate, Pakistan Hold Consultation Session

        Muscat, Nov 23 (ONA) ---- A session of consultation was held between the Sultanate and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan via video conferencing today.    Sheikh Khalifa bin Ali al-Harthy, Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry for Diplomatic Affairs chaired the Omani side, while the Pakistani side was chaired by Sohail Mahmood, Foreign Secretary of Pakistan.          The session discussed the bilateral relations between the two countries and means of enhancing them in various fields to serve joint interests ...

US Values Sultanate’s Role In Enhancing Region’s Security

Washington, Nov 19 (ONA) —- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, acting on behalf of the United States Government, expressed his best wishes to His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik and the Omani people on the occasion of 50th National Day of the Renaissance. Pompeo commended the advanced level of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. He expressed his country’s appreciation for the Sultanate’s role in enhancing the stability of the region. He said that the United States looks for more partnership with Oman in economic and security fields in coming years under the ...

Oman Supports Morocco in Measures Undertaken to Protect Its Security, Sovereignty

        Muscat, Nov 14 (ONA) – The Sultanate today expressed its solidarity with the sisterly Kingdom of Morocco in the measures it undertook recently to protect its security and the sovereignty of its lands and to secure the freedom of civil and commercial movement in the buffer zone of Guerguerat (Western Sahara).     The Sultanate also reiterates its support for efforts exerted by the United Nation to establish peace and stability in that region.  – ...

The Sultanate Denounces Attack in Graveyard in Jeddah

Muscat, Nov 11 (ONA) —- The Sultanate today condemned the heinous attack at a graveyard in the city of Jeddah in the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).         While denouncing the assault, which left a number of innocents injured, the Sultanate expresses its solidarity with the KSA as it tackles criminal acts that seek to target and terrorize innocent people.        The Sultante wishes the wounded quick recovery.  – ...

The Sultanate Participates in GCC-China Joint Ministerial Meeting

      Muscat, Nov 9(ONA) —— The Sultanate, represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, participated in the joint ministerial meeting between the GCC states and the People's Republic of China, on the sidelines of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75).        The Sultanate was represented at the virtual meeting by the ministry’s Undersecretary for Diplomatic Affairs Sheikh Khalifa bin Ali al-Harthy.         The meeting discussed a number of issues, including the ...

The Sultanate Participates in GCC-German Strategic Forum

    Muscat, Nov 2 (ONA) --- The Sultanate, represented by the Ministry of Economy, today took part via video-conferencing in a forum on the Strategic Dialogue and Regional Security between the GCC countries and the Federal Republic of Germany. The forum was held within the framework of the GCC Forum organized by the GCC Secretariat General.   Dr. Said bin Mohammed al-Saqri, Minister of Economy, delivered a speech during the forum highlighting the post Covid-19 economic relations and cooperation.   The forum comes within the context of promoting the joint ...

Foreign Minister Receives Special Envoy of UN Secretary‑General for Yemen

Muscat, Oct 25 (ONA) --- Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al-Busaidi, Foreign Minister received here today Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary‑General for Yemen. The two sides discussed the latest developments at the Yemeni arena and the UN efforts with all parties to find a peaceful solution for the Yemeni cause. The meeting was attended senior officials at the ministry and the delegation accompanying the guest. —- ...

New Postal Stamp Commemorates 40 Years of Oman-China Relations

Muscat, Oct 20 (ONA) —- A new postal stamp commemorating the establishment of modern time Oman-China relations was inaugurated at the Foreign Ministry here today under the auspices of Mohammed bin Nassir al Wahaibi, Administrative and Financial Affairs Under-Secretary at the Foreign Ministry. The stamp, issued by Oman Post highlights images of a typical Omani fort, besides documenting the epic journey of Sindbad from the Port of Sohar to the Port of Guangzhou in China. It also includes pictures of the Great Wall of China, one of the world’s historic wonders. In a speech on ...

Foreign Minister Receives British Minister of State for Middle East, North Africa

Muscat, Oct 19 (ONA) --- Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al-Busaidi, Foreign Minister received at the ministry today James Cleverly, British Minister of State for Middle East and North Africa.          The two sides discussed the existing friendship relations between the two friendly countries and means of enhancing them. They also discussed the constructive cooperation between the two countries in various diplomatic, economic and cultural fields, which based on the comprehensive agreement of firm friendship and bilateral cooperation covering sectors of advanced ...

Oman, Nepal Ink MoU for Mutual Waiving of Visas

Muscat, Oct 19 (ONA) --- A  memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed at the Foreign Ministry today between the governments of the Sultanate and the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal for mutual waiving of visas for holders of Official, Diplomatic, Special and Service Passports.        The MoU was signed by Mohammed bin Nassir al-Wahaibi, Foreign Ministry’s Under-Secretary for Administrative and Financial Affairs, and S. B. Dahakal, Ambassador of Nepal to the Sultanate.       The MoU comes as a step forward in upgrading bilateral ...

Omani Mediation Secures Release of American Citizens

                        Muscat, Oct 14 (ONA) – In implementation of Royal directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik to answer the United States’ request to settle the issue of some of its citizens in Yemen and, after a highly valued response from authorities in Sana’a, the departments concerned in the Sultanate have transported the American citizens from Sana’a to Muscat on board two Royal Air Force of Oman flights in preparation for their return ...

Oman Ambassador Presents Credentials to Netherlands-Based Chemical Weapons Agency

The Hague, Oct 5 (ONA) —- Dr. Fernando Arias, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), today received the credentials of Dr. Sheikh Abdullah bin Salim al-Harthy, Sultanate’s Permanent Representative to the OPCW at its premises here. Dr. Fernando valued the efforts of the Sultanate and its policies in support of peace and stability, noting that such support realizes the role of the OPCW in the region and the world at large.  —- ...

Oman Welcomes Sudan Peace Accord

        Muscat, Oct 3 (ONA) – The Sultanate has welcomed the Peace Accord signed in the city of Juba (South Sudan capital) between the Sudanese Transitional Government and the Revolutionary Front under the patronage of Republic of South Sudan government.      The Sultanate was represented at the accord signing ceremony by Ali bin Sulaiman al-Darmaki, Ambassador of the Sultanate to the Republic of Sudan.  – ...