Sultan Haitham receives Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed in Muscat. WAM
Gulf Today Report
President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has said that the longstanding ties between the United Arab Emirates and Oman are characterised by a shared social and cultural fabric based on deep bonds of brotherly relations between the two nations.
In a statement to mark his visit to the Sultanate, Sheikh Mohamed spoke of the special place that Oman holds in the hearts of the Emirati leadership and people.
He expressed his pride in the historical close relations between the leaders of the UAE and Oman, including Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq, and recalled the special brotherly bond enjoyed by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the late Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.
Commenting on these ongoing relations, Sheikh Mohamed stressed that ‘the leadership of the two countries will proceed, God willing, on their path and approach.’
Sheikh Mohamed stated that the UAE and Oman benefit from diverse economic and trade relations, which the two leaders are keen to expand through further collaboration and investment.
Sheikh Mohamed stressed that the UAE supports measures to further strengthen regional cooperation and progress, and is keen to work with its neighbours, including the Sultanate of Oman, to promote sustainable development that enables people to realise their full potential.
The UAE President also said that the world was witnessing major transformations that could pose challenges for nations, their people and their interests.
He stressed that these developments called for strong cooperation between the countries of the region, particularly the GCC and Arab nations, in order to develop their own capabilities to face future challenges.
Sheikh Mohamed and Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq, the Sultan of Oman, exchanged medals and gifts at Al Alam Palace in Muscat on Tuesday.
Sheikh Mohamed has been awarded the Order of Al Said Medal by the Sultan of Oman.
The Sultan of Oman bestowed the honour upon Sheikh Mohamed on the first day of the UAE President’s state visit to the Sultanate.
The Order of Al Said is the highest order of Oman that can be granted, and is presented to presidents, monarchs and heads of state in appreciation of their exceptional role in strengthening relations between their countries and the Sultanate of Oman.
Sultan Haitham also presented His Highness Sheikh Mohamed with a traditional Omani sword.
Sheikh Mohamed awarded Sultan Haitham the Order of Zayed as an expression of the bonds of brotherhood that unite them and in recognition of His Majesty’s efforts to further boost cooperation between the UAE and Oman.
The Order of Zayed is the highest decoration awarded by the UAE and is presented to kings, queens, heads of state and presidents.
Sultan Haitham was also presented with a model of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque by Sheikh Mohamed.
During the meeting on the first day of the UAE President’s state visit to the Sultanate of Oman, the two leaders spoke of the historical bonds between the two nations and discussed ways to strengthen these relations further.
Sultan Haitham welcomed Sheikh Mohamed and the UAE delegation, conveying his pleasure at their visit and his pride in the close ties that Oman and the UAE enjoy.
Sheikh Mohamed thanked His Majesty for the warm welcome extended to him and the UAE delegation and expressed his best wishes to the Sultan and the people of Oman.
Sheikh Mohamed and Sultan Haitham discussed opportunities for building upon the growing economic ties between the UAE and Oman and areas where the two nations can increase collaboration, including the investment, financial, industrial and cultural sectors.
Their talks centred around the two leaders’ shared vision for a secure and stable region that promotes sustainable development and supports a thriving economy where people can realise their full potential.
After the official talks, Sheikh Mohamed and Sultan Haitham held a one-on-one session.
Upon arrival at the Palace, the UAE President’s convoy was accompanied by a guard of honour consisting of hundreds of members of the Royal Cavalry of Oman and the Royal Guard of Oman.
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