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Sultan Haitham aims to build new ‘bridges of understand­ing’ on landmark visit to Kingdom

Ongoing changes in region motivate leadership­s to push for more cooperatio­n


Under the respective leadership­s of King Salman and Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al-Said, Saudi Arabia and Oman are steadily broadening the horizons of cooperatio­n and investment to boost their national capabiliti­es, bring further prosperity to both nations and meet the aspiration­s of their citizens.

The principles of fraternity and unity form the foundation­s of a strong and solid relationsh­ip between the countries. This has helped to strengthen bilateral cooperatio­n, and serves as a starting point for building bridges of understand­ing and dialogue with other countries in the region, and the wider world, in an effort to achieve security and stability.

Over the past half-century, relations between Riyadh and Muscat have been characteri­zed by cooperatio­n and mutual respect between their leaders, and similar views on regional and internatio­nal issues. Meanwhile there are long-standing bonds of fraternity between the peoples of the two countries, framed by a shared history, authentic Arab customs and traditions, and popular heritage.

Regionally, they work with their brothers in other countries under the umbrella of the Gulf Cooperatio­n Council (GCC), in accordance with their shared visions and strategic goals, to achieve coordinati­on and integratio­n between member states in various fields. These efforts are expanded through membership of the Arab League and the Organizati­on of Islamic Cooperatio­n, along with cooperatio­n with the internatio­nal community in support of peace and security as part of the UN.

Ongoing changes in the region motivate the leadership­s of the Kingdom and Oman to push for more cooperatio­n at the bilateral, Gulf, and wider regional levels, as part of efforts to guarantee security and stability, and boost developmen­t.

Sultan Haitham’s visit to Saudi Arabia this week, at the invitation of King Salman, is his first foreign visit since taking office in January last year. This reflects the status of the Kingdom and its leadership at the political and popular levels in Oman, which is matched by the

and respect the Saudi leadership and people have for the their Omani counterpar­ts.

The meeting of the Saudi and Omani leaders to consult and coordinate on issues that serve the interests of both nations, including regional stability, reflects their wisdom and foresight in dealing with the latest local and internatio­nal developmen­ts.

Sultan Haitham came to power in Oman at an important moment in history, given the political, economic, social and health developmen­ts and challenges in the region and the world. These issues must be addressed, taking into account the preservati­on of establishe­d traditions of governance in Oman but also the necessitie­s and requiremen­ts of change and modernizat­ion. When he took office, the sultan announced major political,

financial and economic reforms, including the developmen­t of the structure of state agencies and institutio­ns to more effectivel­y meet the hopes and aspiration­s of the Omani people, and preserve the safety and stability of the country.

At the same time, he pledged to continue with the traditiona­l apapprecia­tion

proach Oman has adopted in its foreign policy, including a commitment not to interfere in the affairs of other nations, and to advance the process of joint action among GCC member states.

As he continues to face the challenges that arise, he has the benefit of the accumulate­d experience of many years of diplomatic and government­al work before he became sultan, especially his presidency of the main committee responsibl­e for the Oman 2040 vision for the future of the country.

Within the framework of joint action by Saudi Arabia and Oman to strengthen economic relations, Saudi Vision 2030 and Oman Vision 2040 offer similar approaches and opportunit­ies in the fields of trade and investment to help both countries diversify their income and economies.

 ?? SPA ?? Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomes Omani Deputy Prime Minister Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said upon his arrival to attend the Gulf Cooperatio­n Council’s (GCC) 41st Summit in AlUla on Jan. 5, 2021.
SPA Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomes Omani Deputy Prime Minister Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said upon his arrival to attend the Gulf Cooperatio­n Council’s (GCC) 41st Summit in AlUla on Jan. 5, 2021.

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