MUSCAT: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos received Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jabir al Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait, who arrived here on a three-day state visit to the Sultanate. An official welcome ceremony was accorded for the Emir of Kuwait. Upon the arrival of the motorcade of the Kuwaiti Emir to the reception building at Muscat Gate, His Majesty the Sultan led the welcoming party for the Emir of Kuwait.
Alongside with His Majesty the Sultan, the Emir of Kuwait was also received by Sayyid Khalid bin Hilal al Busaidy, Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court, Gen Sultan bin Mohammed al Numani, Minister of the Royal Office, Sayyid Badr bin Saud al Busaidy, Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs, Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidy, Minister of Interior and Shaikh Abdulmalik bin Abdullah al Khalili, Minister of Justice.
Afterwards, His Majesty, the country’s Monarch, and his guest the Emir of Kuwait took the motorcade to Al Alam Palace. The motorcade passed two queues of military music, a group of horse riders with a group of camel riders at the back surrounded the motorcade till the gate of Al Alam Palace.
Upon the arrival of the motorcade of the two leaders at Al Alam Palace Guesthouse, His Majesty the Sultan accompanied the Emir to the Dais of Honour where the National Anthem of the State of Kuwait was played while the artillery fired a twenty-one gun salute for the guest.
Then, His Majesty the Sultan shook hands with members of the official delegation accompanying the Emir of Kuwait. The Emir of Kuwait also shook hands with their Highnesses, the Chairmen of the State Council and Majlis Ash’shura, ministers, commanders of the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF), Royal Oman Police (ROP) and members of the Mission of Honour accompanying the guest.
Afterwards, His Majesty the Sultan and Shaikh Sabah proceeded to the hall to take coffee and exchange cordial conversations.
The two leaders reviewed the good relations binding the Sultanate and the State of Kuwait, as well as the fruitful cooperation between them in various spheres that serve the common interests of both Omani and Kuwaiti brotherly peoples.
The meeting was attended from the Omani side by His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers, HH Sayyid Haitham bin Tareq al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture (Head of Mission of Honour Accompanying the Emir), Sayyid Khalid bin Hilal al Busaidy, Gen Sultan bin Mohammed al Numani, Sayyid Badr bin Saud al Busaidy, Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidy, Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Abdulmalik bin Abdullah al Khalili and Hamid bin Said al Ibrahim, Sultanate’s Ambassador to the State of Kuwait, while it was attended from the Kuwaiti side by the official delegation accompanying the Emir of the sisterly State of Kuwait.
Prior to the arrival of the motorcade of the Emir of Kuwait to the reception area at Muscat Gate, a public reception was arranged for him.
Over 3,000 persons representing various traditional art troupes stood along the road chanting welcoming songs for the State’s guest. They also greeted the dear guest of His Majesty the Sultan and the Omani people. Shaikh Sabah arrived here earlier in the day.
The Emir and his delegation were received upon their arrival at the Royal Airport by HH Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood al Said, HH Sayyid Haitham bin Tareq al Said, Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah, Hamid bin Said al Ibrahim and members of the Embassy of the State of Kuwait to the Sultanate.
During his visit to the Sultanate, the Emir of Kuwait is accompanied by an official delegation comprising Shaikh Mishal Al Ahmed Al Jabir al Sabah, Deputy Chief of the National Guard, Shaikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Hamad al Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Ali Jarrah al Sabah, Deputy Minister of the Emiri Diwan Affairs, Shaikh Lt Gen Khalid Al Jarrah al Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Anas Khalid al Saleh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Ahmed Fahad al Fahad, Director of the Office of the Emir of Kuwait, Shaikh Khalid Al Abdullah al Sabah, Chief of the Emiri Protocol and Chamberlain Affairs, Khalid Sulaiman al Jarrallah, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yousef Hamad al Roomi, Chief of Information and Cultural Affairs at the Emiri Diwan, Shaikh Fawaz Al Saud Al Nassir Al Saud al Sabah, Chief of Political and Economic Affairs at the Emiri Diwan, Ali Fahad al Rashid, Adviser at the Emiri Diwan, Mazin Issa al Issa, Under-Secretary of the Information Centre and Computer Affairs at the Emiri Diwan, Shaikh Dr Ahmed Nassir Al Mohammed al Sabah, Assistant Foreign Minister for the Affairs of the First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Ministers’ Office, Nassir Hajji al Muzain, Director of the GCC Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fahd Hajar al Mutairi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to the Sultanate, and a number of officials. — ONA