In this file photo shows Oman's then Minister of Culture and Heritage Haitham Bin Tariq Al Said (right) receiving Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla in the Omani capital Muscat. AFP
World leaders travelled on Sunday to Oman to meet the country's new sultan, named just a day earlier after the death of the nation's longtime ruler Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Charles were among those who arrived in Muscat to meet Oman's new ruler, Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Al Said.
Other leaders included Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, as well as Qatar's ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.
Sultan Haitham was Oman’s culture minister before being named as the successor to Sultan Qaboos, the Middle East’s longest-ruling monarch whose death was announced on Saturday. He died at the age of 79.
Sultan Haitham, 66, has pledged to follow Sultan Qaboos' example of promoting peace and dialogue in the Mideast. Oman has served as an interlocutor between Iran and the US, which are facing a level of unprecedented tensions. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif travelled to Muscat on Sunday as well to meet Sultan Haitham.
Oman sits on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula.
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Three Iranian vessels tried to block a BP-operated tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz but backed off when confronted by a Royal Navy warship, the UK government said on Thursday.
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