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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

The visit which outlines a new phase

There are several areas in which Oman and the UAE have been cooperating. But it is heartening that they also continued to explore more avenues for joint efforts and cooperation

The visit of Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to the Sultanate of Oman is significant as it is his first visit to the country since he took over the reins of the government. It is important not only for the governments of the two countries, but also for the people of the two neighbourly nations. This trip draws outlines of ties between the two brotherly countries, at the official levels as well as civilian levels.


This is not a routine visit. But it is crucial as it is going to address the aspirations of the people of the two countries and would ultimately lead them to another level which is higher and better than any other nations of the world. The geographic proximity, shared history and mutual interests are the elements which are guiding these relations between Oman and the UAE. Both the countries realise the importance of these factors for their bilateral relationship. This would ultimately lead them to growth and development.


This high-level visit of Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan and the warm welcome extended to him by his brother His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, the Sultan of Oman, is going to broaden this vision. This gesture shown by the two leaders to each other is enough to understand the closeness in their ties. This is a historic moment also as it openly displays the unity in the Arab world and their pursuit for a broader horizon of cooperation in the areas of mutual interests and to address the common challenges.


There are several areas in which Oman and the UAE have been cooperating. But it is heartening that they also continued to explore more avenues for joint efforts and cooperation. Late Sultan Qaboos and Late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan and Late Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed have together given a shape to this neighbourly and brotherly relationship. This relationship would continue on these lines which have been drawn by these great leaders.


The visit of Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed to the Sultanate of Oman is a step forward in taking these ties to another level. The warm welcome extended by His Majesty the Sultan also showed that Muscat and Abu Dhabi are coming closer with passage of time. These parleys have drawn the contours of these ties as the new phase of their bilateral relationship in the new regional and world order. They are building it brick by brick to make it stronger and solid. The love, affection, and bonhomie for each other is the basic spirit of these links.


The Diwan of Royal Court has described this visit of Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed as state visit because it has highest value for the Government of Oman and its people. This visit is also an expression of solidarity, bonhomie, and earnestness of the UAE for the leadership and people of Oman.


The Sultanate of Oman has always come forward with its gesture of cooperation with its brotherly nation UAE. The leadership of Oman always believed that appreciation of mutual interests is the only way forward in the pursuit of achievement of what the people of the two countries aspire to.


However, it is worth mentioning the essence of this relationship. Oman is a torch bearer of peace, prosperity, and stability in its neighbourhood as core of its foreign policy and management of its external affairs.


There is confidence in the people of the two neighbouring countries, that the visit of Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan to Oman will give positive dimension in their ties and would bring them closer to join hands in the quest of prosperity of the people.


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