Oman marks Re­nais­sance Day

The Em­bassy of Oman con­trib­uted the be­low ar­ti­cle on the oc­ca­sion of its 47th Re­nais­sance Day on July 23. — ED.

The Korea Times - - EMBASSY ROW -

The Sul­tanate of Oman is cel­e­brat­ing its 47th Re­nais­sance Day on July 23, 2017.

On the oc­ca­sion of Oman Re­nais­sance Day, the peo­ple of Oman re­it­er­ate their al­le­giance to Sul­tan Qa­boos, ar­chi­tect of the coun­try’s re­birth march. Their procla­ma­tion of al­le­giance is as­so­ci­ated with pro­found feel­ings of love, gratitude, ap­pre­ci­a­tion and loy­alty to Sul­tan Qa­boos, whose wise lead­er­ship de­vel­oped a mod­ern state es­tab­lished on solid foun­da­tions of equal­ity, civ­i­lized cit­i­zen­ship, and rule of the law. The sul­tan put the coun­try on the right track for progress and growth which ben­e­fits all cit­i­zens.

On this aus­pi­cious day, the Omani peo­ple pon­der over the achieve­ments made in the past 47 years. The ef­forts of the sul­tan, cou­pled with the re­source­ful­ness of the peo­ple molded the coun­try into the ex­act hon­or­able shape that the sul­tan had en­vi­sioned and planned for — an oa­sis of peace and pros­per­ity that abounds with all means of dig­ni­fied life.

While the coun­try’s re­birth date of July 23, 1970 con­sti­tuted the gate­way to a new bril­liant reign, Oma­nis to­day con­tinue to reap the fruits of the past years of ar­dent na­tion build­ing. They grate­fully sa­vor the suc­cess of lo­cal, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional poli­cies laid down by the Sul­tan.

Right from the first day of the Omani Re­nais­sance, the sul­tan re­in­forced the pillars of na­tional unity as a solid base from which sup­port the ef­forts of do­mes­tic de­vel­op­ment. He set up and up­graded the ed­i­fices of jus­tice and the ‘State of Law and In­sti­tu­tions’ so that cit­i­zens and res­i­dents en­joy se­cu­rity, with all rights guar­an­teed un­der the rule of law.

The sul­tan also laid down the foun­da­tions of a for­eign pol­icy that is based on ex­tend­ing bridges of friend­ship, con­fi­dence, cred­i­bil­ity and clar­ity when deal­ing with all brethren and friends, in all events and un­der all cir­cum­stances. In its re­la­tions with brotherly and friendly coun­tries, Oman’s for­eign pol­icy sticks to spe­cific, clear-cut, per­ma­nent and de­clared prin­ci­ples.

This pol­icy had a strong im­pact and a tan­gi­ble ef­fect in tack­ling var­i­ous is­sues and en­abled Oman to main­tain its dig­ni­fied sta­tus and play a pos­i­tive role in the in­ter­na­tional arena, act­ing as an ac­tive con­trib­u­tor to the good of the peo­ple of this re­gion and the sur­round­ing world.

Thanks to the tra­di­tion of peace ad­vo­cated by Sul­tan Qa­boos, Oman has been able to es­tab­lish re­la­tions of fra­ter­nity, friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion with all coun­tries of the world. Oman has been keen on de­vel­op­ing these re­la­tions in all fields to op­ti­mize ben­e­fits and serve its own in­ter­ests, as well as the in­ter­ests of other coun­tries.

Sul­tanate Oman is one of the coun­tries that en­dorse the prin­ci­ples of di­a­logue and ne­go­ti­a­tions for re­solv­ing dis­putes by peace­ful means on the ba­sis of mu­tual re­spect and ad­her­ence to the in­ter­na­tional law. Oman also adopts the prin­ci­ples of non-in­ter­fer­ence in the in­ter­nal af­fairs of other coun­tries, co­op­er­a­tion among coun­tries, achieve­ment of com­mon in­ter­ests and good neigh­bor­li­ness.

In all events and in the lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional arena, Oman be­lieves that ev­ery prob­lem has a so­lu­tion if there ex­ists a strong will and if ef­forts and in­ter­ests meet on this com­mon ground, be­cause na­tions yearn to peace, un­der­stand­ing and co-ex­is­tence in ac­cor­dance with the motto “nei­ther af­flict harm nor in­flict harm.”

Thanks to these poli­cies and stands that are dis­tin­guished for their cred­i­bil­ity, the sul­tan has gained the re­spect of lead­ers of coun­tries in the re­gion and the world at large. This re­spect also in­flu­enced Oman’s re­la­tions with brethren and friends.

Oman, be­ing a haven for peace and se­cu­rity, has been an ac­tive player in ev­ery ef­fort to pro­mote the re­gion’s peace and sta­bil­ity. To­wards this goal, the sul­tanate re­ceived the pres­i­dent of Iran, the emir of Kuwait, the king of Jor­dan and the Palestinian pres­i­dent.

With the march of Oman’s Re­nais­sance en­ter­ing its 48th year in full con­fi­dence and look­ing for­ward to a bright fu­ture, the sul­tanate is plan­ning to carry out many ma­jor projects meant to di­ver­sify the econ­omy, de­velop sources of rev­enues and in­crease em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for the na­tional man­power.

These in­clude oil re­fin­ing and petro­chem­i­cal projects, in­dus­trial, tourism and fish­eries projects in Duqm that are ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2019.

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