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Khalifa visit to Oman to strengthen fraternal ties

posted on 27/05/2007: 731 views



The visit to Oman today, by President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the invitation of Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed of Oman falls within the strong fraternal ties between the UAE and Oman and the peoples of the two countries. These ties which are deeply rooted cover the common history of the peoples of the two countries, good neighbourliness, true love and strong family bond.



The visit is also within the framework of regular contact between the UAE President and his brother, Sultan Qaboos and regular consultations between them on matters that serve the mutual interest of the two sister countries and to discuss ways to further boost the Gulf Cooperation council (GCC), share views on various issues of mutual interest on the Arab, regional and international scenes.



Relations between the UAE and Oman has, over the years, witnessed very positive developments and steady growth in all areas, making them a model of bilateral ties worth emulating.



Politically, the two countries amicably reached in 1999 a historic agreement on the demarcation of their common borders. The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sultan Qaboos signed in the Omani town of Sohar a border agreement to demarcate their common border that stretch from Umm Zamool to East of Aqeedat. A joint communiqué issued by the two leaders described the agreement as a "historic achievement" and "significant step" towards the completion of demarcation of the common borders of the two countries in the remaining sectors. The agreement was ratified by the two countries in 2003 to put it into effect. The two countries later on May 24, 2005 signed the detailed map of the border demarcation agreement.



The regular exchange of visit by the leaders of the two countries has immensely contributed to the deep mutual understanding between them.



It also led to sharing similar views which ultimately led to enhancement of bilateral relations between the two countries.



Sheikh Khalifa visited Oman in January 2005, during which he discussed with Sultan Qaboos the unique and warm fraternal ties between the two countries and ways to boost them in the mutual interest of their peoples.



They also discussed the ways forward for the GCC march. At the end of the visit, Sheikh Khalifa gave the directives for the granting of financial assistance of US$100 million to Oman to finance the construction of the Salalah-Nizwa road project, as part of the UAE's contribution for the comprehensive development drive in Oman.



Sultan Qaboos reciprocated the UAE President's visit by visiting the UAE on February 5, 2005, during which he discussed with Sheikh Khalifa, in the presence of Abu Dhabi Crown prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, fraternal ties between the UAE and Oman. They also discussed a number of issues of mutual interest and developments on the Arab and international scenes.



The Omani leader later visited in Dubai Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who stressed on the importance of Sultan Qaboos' visit to the UAE in strengthening the bridge of socio-economic contact between the two countries and their peoples.



Sheikh Mohammed also visited Oman on June 2007, during which he met with Sultan Qaboos. The labour ministries of the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding during this visit to facilitate the smooth entry of Omani labour into the UAE. The MoU also calls for Omani labour to enjoy same treatment like their UAE counterpart in terms of salary and allowance earnings. A number of MoUs were also signed by the two sides during this visit.



H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed al Qasimi, supreme Council member and Ruler of Sharjah, also visited Oman on April 7, 2007. He was received by Sultan Qaboos in Nizwa.



Sultan Qaboos also received on November 8, 2006 Abu Dhabi Crown prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who was accompanied on the visit by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister.



Sultan Qaboos also received in Salalah on May 21 this year Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and discussed with him fraternal relations and avenues of cooperation between the two countries. They discussed fraternal ties and ways to further boost them in the mutual interest of the two countries and their peoples.



The Omani leader also received on April this year Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister and discussed with him fraternal ties and avenues of cooperation between the UAE and Oman. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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