‘Oman is friendly to­wards ex­pats’

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“The coun­try has al­ways been very friendly with mi­grants, and this will cre­ate a more pos­i­tive at­mos­phere in the coun­try, be­cause now any con­cerns they have can be looked af­ter. Oman al­ready has a good in­ter­na­tional stand­ing, but they don’t boast about it and keep a low pro­file.”

“In spite of this, Oman is well­known for its hu­man­i­tar­ian en­deav­ours,” added Jabir. “Oman is a very good coun­try, and hav­ing vis­ited many other Arab coun­tries, I can say that Oman is very help­ful to­wards mi­grants. We must al­ways re­mem­ber to help the less for­tu­nate, and those who are in a bet­ter po­si­tion need to help them through ap­proved char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions, don’t just give your aid to any­one else.”

Jac­inta Machado is an­other res­i­dent who of­ten or­gan­ises char­i­ta­ble ef­forts in the coun­try. She too was happy to see such a prom­i­nent step taken by the gov­ern­ment.

“There are so many places where we’d like to send aid, but there is un­for­tu­nately no one we can con­nect to over there,” she said. “There have been many times when we have had many peo­ple come to us, ask­ing us if we’ve been or­gan­is­ing aid to­wards a par­tic­u­lar cause, when there has been no con­nec­tion on the other side, so even if we col­lect these goods, we can­not give them to any­one. This is a very good thing, be­cause now Oman will have links to all the other coun­tries, and if there is a dis­as­ter there, we can reach out to them through of­fi­cial chan­nels.

“As it is, Oman is a peace-lov­ing coun­try and His Majesty is known in in­ter­na­tional cir­cles as some­one who is striv­ing to achieve piece in so many ways,” added Machado. “If it is known that there is now a gov­ern­ment body that is pro­mot­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts like this, it will def­i­nitely put Oman on the world map as far as this is con­cerned, be­cause right now, there are still some peo­ple who don’t know about this. If you keep do­ing good the way peo­ple in Oman have been do­ing so far, there is much, much more Oman can do. This will help Oman lend a help­ing hand to the truly needy peo­ple.”

In­dra Mani Pandey, In­dia’s am­bas­sador to Oman, urged non­res­i­dent In­di­ans in the coun­try to sup­port this en­deav­our of the gov­ern­ment in the best pos­si­ble man­ner.

“It is a great ini­tia­tive and is in line with Oman’s tra­di­tion to work with coun­tries and pro­vide as­sis­tance, both re­gion­ally and glob­ally,” he said.

“For the In­dian com­mu­nity here, it pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for them to con­trib­ute to the gov­ern­ment’s aid ef­forts.”

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