Boost to ties with Netherlands

MUSCAT: Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, received in his office on Monday Johanna Brandt, Secretary-General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry in the Netherlands, currently visiting the Sultanate within the framework of the regular political consultations between the two countries. The meeting stressed the strong historic relations and the importance of the existing cooperation and partnership between the two friendly countries. The meeting also touched on several political issues of common concern.
Meanwhile, the 25th round of the political consultations between the two countries were held at the General Diwan of the Foreign Ministry. The Omani side was chaired by Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamoud al Busaidy, Secretary-General of the Foreign Ministry, while the Dutch side was chaired by Johanna Brandt, Secretary-General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. During the session, the two sides dealt with scope of strengthening the bilateral relations and enhancing cooperation in various promising areas of common interests, particularly the economic, trade and investment fields, as well as supporting the partnership at the commercial and private sector level.
The two sides stressed their keenness on promoting the cooperation opportunities in the areas of water management, logistics and clean energy. At the diplomatic and political level, the two sides exchanged views on several challenges, current regional and international issues, and the efforts exerted to solve these issues through peaceful means, as well as dialogue and political negotiations. The session was attended by a number of officials at the ministry, the Dutch appointed-ambassador to the Sultanate and the delegation accompanying the guest. — ONA