US De­fense Sec­re­tary re­mem­bers Late Sul­tan

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Mus­cat - H E Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib al Bu­saidi, Min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for De­fence Af­fairs, on Wed­nes­day re­ceived a writ­ten mes­sage from Mark Asper, US De­fense Sec­re­tary.

The mes­sage in­cluded his sin­cere con­do­lences and that of all em­ploy­ees of the US Min­istry of De­fense on the death of His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos bin Said, adding that the United States of Amer­ica greatly ap­pre­ci­ates and re­spects the pol­icy of sta­bil­ity out­lined by the Late Sul­tan for nearly 50 years.

He was a leader with in­sight­ful vi­sion when he pre­dicted in the 1970s that close co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two friendly coun­tries would have strate­gic ben­e­fits for the Omani-Amer­i­can mil­i­tary re­la­tions.

In his mes­sage, the US Sec­re­tary of De­fense cited the speech of the Late Sul­tan when he vis­ited the United States of Amer­ica in 1983 dur­ing the reign of Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan, say­ing, “We re­alise that in the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of the world, no coun­try can act in iso­la­tion from other coun­tries, and the free world must ex­ert a con­certed ef­fort if the flame of free­dom is not to be ex­tin­guished. So, we look for­ward to our friends’ sup­port just as we do ours.” These words of the Late His Majesty the Sul­tan still echo in the Omani-Amer­i­can re­la­tions to this day.

The mes­sage also con­veyed best wishes of the Amer­i­can De­fense Sec­re­tary to His Majesty Sul­tan Haitham bin Tarik, af­firm­ing con­fi­dence of the Amer­i­can ad­min­is­tra­tion that the legacy of friend­ship left by the Late Sul­tan with the United States, as well as his sin­cere ef­forts to con­sol­i­date re­gional sta­bil­ity and his voice calling for peace and mod­er­a­tion, will con­tinue un­der the lead­er­ship of His Majesty Sul­tan Haitham bin Tarik.

The mes­sage was handed over to the Min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for De­fence Af­fairs by the US De­fence At­taché, when the min­is­ter re­ceived him in his of­fice at Mu’askar Bait al Falaj.

In his mes­sage, the US Sec­re­tary of De­fense cited the speech of the Late Sul­tan when he vis­ited the United States of Amer­ica in 1983

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