UNGA pays trib­ute to His Majesty Sul­tan Qaboos

UN sec­re­tary gen­eral praised the for­mer leader for pri­ori­tis­ing co­op­er­a­tion and mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism

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The United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly (UNGA), on Fri­day paid trib­ute to His Majesty Sul­tan Qaboos bin Said, who led Oman for nearly half a cen­tury and passed away on Jan­uary 10 at age 79. UN sec­re­tary gen­eral An­tónio Guter­res praised the Late Sul­tan as a leader who pri­ori­tised co­op­er­a­tion and mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism, earn­ing the re­spect of his people and those far be­yond.

“To­day, we re­mem­ber and pay homage to the many roads he built - the road of di­a­logue, the road of un­der­stand­ing, the road of peace,” Guter­res said, not­ing that His Majesty Sul­tan Qaboos led Oman to join the United Na­tions, the League of Arab States and the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil. With lead­er­ship and com­mit­ment, he worked to shape Oman as an ac­tive, re­spon­si­ble mem­ber of the in­ter­na­tional fam­ily, and un­der his watch, Oman re­mained largely im­mune from the ten­sions of the re­gion.”

“In­deed, Sul­tan Qaboos was well re­garded for spread­ing mes­sages of peace, un­der­stand­ing and co­ex­is­tence far be­yond his coun­try’s borders,” Guter­res said, not­ing that Oman has con­sis­tently played a crit­i­cal role in en­sur­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion among dis­put­ing par­ties. Within his beloved coun­try, his vi­sion for Oman saw lev­els of ed­u­ca­tion for women and men rise ex­po­nen­tially - with a man­i­fold in­crease in schools, hospi­tals and roads.

Ex­tend­ing his best wishes to His Majesty Sul­tan Haitham bin Tarik, who, while griev­ing the death of his cousin, has taken over the lead­er­ship of Oman, Guter­res said he has ev­ery hope that Oman’s con­tri­bu­tions to re­gional and in­ter­na­tional diplo­macy will con­tinue.

He ex­pressed the UN’s stead­fast sup­port for Oman’s con­tin­ued ef­forts to pro­mote peace

and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion.

UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly Pres­i­dent Ti­j­jani Muhammad Bande (Nige­ria) said His Majesty Sul­tan Qaboos will be re­mem­bered for

his fun­da­men­tal role in the mod­erni­sa­tion and in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion of Oman, in­clud­ing the fore­sight to recog­nise that ed­u­ca­tion has the po­ten­tial to lift the whole so­ci­ety.

As he was a pro­gres­sive leader on cli­mate ac­tion, a pro­moter of re­li­gious tol­er­ance and a peace­maker, Bande ex­pressed hope that mem­ber states will

hon­our His Majesty Sul­tan Qaboos by em­u­lat­ing his ef­forts, which re­flect the found­ing ideals of the UN.

Kokou Kpayedo (Togo), speak­ing for the African States, hailed His Majesty Sul­tan Qaboos as an em­blem­atic fig­ure on the global stage, and a vi­sion­ary deeply com­mit­ted to ad­vanc­ing his coun­try and the well-be­ing of his people.

Not­ing that Oman ranked high­est in the Mid­dle East in the 2019 Hu­man Devel­op­ment Report, he said that His Majesty Sul­tan Qaboos un­der­stood that friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion are the high­way to suc­cess.

“Hav­ing made Oman a bridge be­tween the Arab, West­ern and African worlds, His Majesty Sul­tan Qaboos forged the links be­tween Oman and most African coun­tries, or­gan­is­ing con­fer­ences with Horn of Africa coun­tries, and build­ing hospi­tals and schools around the con­ti­nent. An ar­ti­san of peace, a role in which he staked suc­cess on neu­tral­ity, the Late Sul­tan was a glob­ally renowned me­di­a­tor, hav­ing re­ceived the Jawa­har­lal Nehru Award for In­ter­na­tional Un­der­stand­ing in 2004.”

Noor Qa­mar Su­laiman of Brunei, speak­ing for the Asia-Pa­cific Group, noted His Majesty Sul­tan Qaboos’ reign spanned al­most five decades, mak­ing him the long­est-serv­ing Arab leader.

In that time, he led his coun­try with wis­dom and vi­sion, guid­ing Oman through dif­fi­cult chal­lenges and lay­ing the foun­da­tions for mod­erni­sa­tion, de­vel­op­ing its in­fra­struc­ture, ed­u­ca­tion and health­care sys­tems.

A life­long de­vo­tion brought about re­mark­able so­cial and economic progress that trans­formed Oman into one of the most sta­ble and pros­per­ous coun­tries in the Mid­dle East, while pre­serv­ing its rich na­tional her­itage and cul­ture, she said.

Yashar Aliyev of Azer­bai­jan, speak­ing on be­half of the Eastern Euro­pean States, said His Majesty Sul­tan Qaboos paved the way for Oman’s well-be­ing and devel­op­ment.

A great leader and gen­uine states­men, his life­long con­tri­bu­tions to in­ter­na­tional af­fairs and sup­port for di­a­logue pro­cesses in the Mid­dle East were crit­i­cal to build­ing trust in times of tur­moil, he said, re­call­ing the Late Sul­tan’s de­scrip­tion of Oman’s for­eign pol­icy as ‘de­fined with clar­ity, a hand build­ing from within, and a hand of­fered in good­ness, giv­ing, con­tin­ued par­tic­i­pa­tion in the world’s events and devel­op­ment’.

Chris­tine R Bai­ley of Ja­maica, speak­ing on be­half of Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean States, said the re­gion has lost a leader and the fa­ther of the Omani Re­nais­sance.

When he as­cended to the throne in 1970, Oman was iso­lated, had six miles of paved roads, three pub­lic schools and min­i­mal med­i­cal care. Since then, life ex­pectancy climbed to 77 years from 50 years, lit­er­acy is at 96 per cent and Oman’s achieve­ments in­clude high­ways, pub­lic util­i­ties, high-speed In­ter­net and world-class sports and cul­tural cen­tres. An ad­vo­cate for gen­der equal­ity, he leaves be­hind an en­dur­ing legacy in for­eign pol­icy.

Mo­hamed al Hassan from Oman thanked del­e­gates for their con­do­lences, and said that His Majesty Sul­tan Qaboos bin Said was the fa­ther of his coun­try’s re­nais­sance, who spent 50 years work­ing tire­lessly.

“He loved his people, and his people re­turned the love,” he said, adding that his legacy will live on for­ever. “No speech will do enough jus­tice to the de­ceased and what he has done for his coun­try,” Hassan added.

We re­mem­ber and pay homage to many roads he built - road of di­a­logue, road of un­der­stand­ing

An­to­nio Guter­res

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The UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly pays trib­ute to His Majesty Sul­tan Qaboos bin Said

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