New Ger­man em­bassy opens

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

The new Ger­man em­bassy premises in the Diplo­matic Area in Al Khuwayr was of­fi­cially opened on Tues­day.

It has been con­structed in only 19 months, stated a press re­lease.

The new em­bassy with its mod­ern iconic de­sign by Hoehler + alSalmy (H+S), re­flects the new era of Omani ar­chi­tec­tural iden­tity. The com­plex in­cludes the em­bassy of­fices as well as the am­bas­sador’s res­i­dence en­com­passed by the tra­di­tional plan­ta­tion of the sul­tanate.

The dis­tinc­tive struc­ture il­lus­trates the finest com­bi­na­tion of tra­di­tional Omani ar­chi­tec­ture with the high­est Ger­man build­ing stan­dards.

“It has been a great plea­sure for Hoehler + alSalmy and its team to have been the lead ar­chi­tec­tural and en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tant in de­sign­ing the new Ger­man Em­bassy in Mus­cat,” said Muham­mad Sul­tan al Salmy, man­ag­ing part­ner of Hoehler + alSalmy (H+S).

The of­fi­cial open­ing took place in the pres­ence of Prof Nor­bert Lam­mert, pres­i­dent of the Ger­man Bun­destag (par­lia­ment), H E Dr Yahya bin Mah­foudh al Man­theri, chair­man of the State Coun­cil and H E Yousuf bin Alawi bin Ab­dul­lah, Min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for For­eign Af­fairs.

In a mes­sage con­veyed by H E Thomas Schneider, Am­bas­sador of Ger­many to Oman, the Fed­eral For­eign Min­is­ter Sig­mar Gabriel high­lighted Ger­many’s deep trust in a pros­per­ous fu­ture of the sul­tanate by build­ing a new em­bassy in Mus­cat.

“Our new em­bassy un­der­lines Ger­many’s com­mit­ment to close and sus­tain­able re­la­tions with the sul­tanate. It is sup­posed to send to the peo­ple of Oman a strong sig­nal of friendship and co­op­er­a­tion. It fits into the scope and qual­ity of our ex­cel­lent rela- tions. Ger­many and Oman share many val­ues. For decades, the Sul­tanate of Oman has pur­sued a for­eign pol­icy based on the prin­ci­ples of equal­ity, di­a­logue, set­tle­ment of dis­putes through peace­ful means, a pol­icy of re­spect for the rules of in­ter­na­tional law and for the prin­ci­ples en­shrined in the United Na­tions Char­ter. We live in a time of grow­ing ten­sions and con­flicts, not least in the Mid­dle East and the Gulf re­gion,” stated the mes­sage.

“Against this back­ground, coun­tries like Ger­many and Oman are called upon to join hands in or­der to spread a cul­ture of con­flict-pre­ven­tion, deesca­la­tion, de-mil­i­tari­sa­tion, dis­ar­ma­ment and con­fi­dence­build­ing.“

Coun­tries like Ger­many and Oman are called upon to join hands in or­der to spread a cul­ture of con­flict-pre­ven­tion

Sig­mar Gabriel

(Sup­plied pho­tos)

H E Yousuf bin Alawi bin Ab­dul­lah (left) and Prof Nor­bert Lam­mert ad­dress the gath­er­ing

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