Omani heritage, ties with EU reinforced at Brussels fair

BRUSSELS: The State Council and Majlis Ash’shura delegation is attending the Omani Cultural Exhibition, being organised by the Oman Embassy at the European Parliament headquarters in Brussels, during November 6-10.
The exhibition was opened by Dr Khalid bin Salem al Saidi, Secretary General of the State Council.
Present at the ceremony were Ramona Manescu, Member of the European Parliament and Chairperson of the EU-Oman Parliamentary Friendship Group in the European Parliament, Dr Badriya bint Ibrahim bin Khalfan al Shihi, State Council Member, Mohamed bin Salem al Busaidi, Member of Majlis Ash’shura, Najeem bin Sulaiman al Abri, Ambassador of Oman to Belgium, and a number of members of the European Parliament.
Ramona Manescu in her speech welcomed the attendees and praised the idea of organising the Omani Cultural Exhibition at the European Parliament, which displays the cultural and civilisational wealth of Oman, and noted the historical, cultural and heritage features of Oman.
Najeem bin Sulaiman al Abri delivered a welcome speech, stressing the keenness of the Sultanate to strengthen its relations with the European Union countries, highlighting the importance of the exhibition in introducing Omani culture and civilisation.
He pointed out that the exhibition targets members and visitors of the European Parliament, hoping that the exhibition will contribute to closer relations between the Sultanate and the European Union.
Dr Khalid bin Salem al Saidi, delivered the opening speech wherein he stressed that the exhibition is a cultural, historical and intellectual event, which aims at displaying the richness of the Omani cultural heritage, its highly valued and unique historical features that qualify it as an attractive global destinationfor tourism and economic investment.

Speaking further, he said, “The exhibition reflects the keenness of the Sultanate to further consolidate its traditional relations with the European countries. Oman’s historical approach of openness to varied civilisations and cultures is its key distinctive feature. Omanis have since historical times endeavoured to cross-seas to reach far lands and have traversed the world. Its distinctive seafaring geographical location has enabled connections. Its geographical openness has facilitated openness to the surrounding civilisations, communication with civilisations far away, favoured human interaction and migration as well as scientific trips and business.
The legacy of this remarkable heritage lies in civilised communication with the world and has enabled Oman to build unique, strong and long lasting international relations.”
On the sidelines of the participation in the cultural exhibition, the Omani delegation met with the President of the Belgian Senate, Christine Defraigne.
During the meeting, the discussions focused on the Omani-Belgian relations and ways to develop them, especially in the parliamentary fields.
Christine Defraigne praised the foreign policy of Oman, based on peace and rational resolving of differences between countries through dialogue, stressing the importance of opening new horizons for cooperation, especially in the fields of investment between the two countries.
The Omani delegation also visited a number of historical and archaeological sites in Belgium.