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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

Ties of warmth and goodwill based on mutual respect

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The distinguished historic relations between the two brotherly countries of the Sultanate of Oman and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan have always been characterised by warmth and goodwill based on mutual respect.


The continuous meetings and contacts between leaders of both countries reflect the progressing relations between the two countries. These relations are set to witness new milestones in bilateral cooperation and coordination on issues of common concern during Tuesday's discussions between His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik and His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan.


Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1972, the two countries' stands have been identical in tackling regional and international issues. They endorsed dialogue as a successful means of ensuring international peace and security.


The first Omani embassy in Jordan was opened in 1975, but Omani students began studying in the Kingdom years earlier. Omani higher education institutions also host a number of educationists from Jordanian universities.


Jordan Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman Amjad al Qahwi pointed out the Oman-Jordan relations are not new today. Their foundations were laid on goodness, love and peace more than fifty years ago during the reign of late Sultan Qaboos and King Hussein bin Talal.


According to him, prosperity and strength have become today a model in the region in all fields, and the two countries supported each other in all the calamities and challenges.


"The Sultanate of Oman has supported Jordan in the face of all the challenges and entitlements it faced, and it has spared no effort in supporting its causes and directions during the fifty years of close relations between them", he said in an interview.


On the other hand, Jordan stood by the Sultanate of Oman since the early days of the Renaissance and hastened to meet its needs for qualified human cadres. The common denominators between the two countries are great and are of high value.


The two leaders, during their discussions, are expected to exchange views and discuss bilateral ties and matters on enhancing joint Arab action on the Middle East peace process, besides touching on regional and international developments.


Oman has underlined the fairness of the Palestinian cause and the legitimacy of the Palestinian people's demands for independence. It always stresses its support for efforts to secure peace in the Middle East and other areas of the world.



Like the Sultanate of Oman, Jordan always has the Palestinian cause as a top priority, highlighting its ongoing support for the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in the face of Israeli violations.


In a recent speech, King Abdullah reaffirmed Jordan's firm position in support of the Palestinians as they seek to gain their just and legitimate rights, stressing that the region will not enjoy security and stability without reaching a just and comprehensive solution that guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on June 4, 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital.


The King emphasised the need for intensive efforts and continuous communication with various active international stakeholders to safeguard Palestinian lives and property, with a call for Arab cooperation and coordination on various levels and with the United States and European countries.


In July, Omani Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al Busaidy and Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs Ayman al Safadi held a session of discussions in Amman, where they affirmed their resolve to strengthen bilateral cooperation, as well as ways to enhance joint Arab action and address challenges.


One of the most important points that the two sides discussed was the Palestinian cause and the crises in Syria and Yemen. They reportedly stressed the need to boost aid to these countries, and both leaders expressed that all Arab countries should join together to show their support for their partners who share their religious orientation.


The two ministers also reviewed the state of the relationship between the two countries and the cooperation that exists. The ministers reported having said that both Oman and Jordan are interested in continuing to work to ensure that their citizens, respectively, see their quality of life improved and their interests protected.


In June, as part of setting up charity campaigns, a ceremony took place in the Jordanian capital of Amman in which the Sultanate of Oman's Ambassador to Jordan, Shaikh Hilal bin Marhoon al Maamari, praised the great relationship between the two sides.


The ceremony was an example of Omani and Jordanian working together, as demonstrated by the performance of folk songs from both countries, a performance of art from the Dhofar Governorate and a group of dancers demonstrating the importance of dance and Jordan's cultural heritage.


"Oman attaches great importance to charitable work and its values," the ambassador said. He also stressed the Omani country's and Jordan's recognition of the efforts of such organisations to improve the situation of their citizens, who sometimes do not enjoy the best conditions.


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