MUSCAT, Jan 12, (Agencies): His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and his delegation offered condolences, at Al-Alam Palace Sunday, to Sultan Haitham bin Tareq bin Taimur, Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet Affairs Fahad bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Shehab bin Tareq Al-Said on passing away of Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
Al-Asimah Governor Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al- Sabah expressed his sincere condolences on Saturday over the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, stressing that the demise is a loss for the Arab nation. In a press statement, Sheikh Talal Al-Sabah said the Arab nation lost a sincere Arab leader who devoted his life for his country and nation.
“The late Sultan has a great position in our hearts,” the governor said, voicing his full solidarity with the Sultanate of Oman, its government and people.
The Arab world lost one of the wise leaders who had outstanding roles in the history of the Arab world and in reviving the Sultanate as well as promoting the friendly ties between Oman, and all Arab and foreign countries, he noted.
The governor offered his condolences to His Highness the Amir and His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as well as the Omani people. He prayed to Allah the Almighty to bless the soul of Sultan Qaboos with mercy in Paradise and bring solace to the Sultanate.
World leaders traveled Sunday to Oman to meet the country’s new sultan, named just a day earlier after the death of the nation’s longtime ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Charles were among those who arrived in Muscat to meet Oman’s new ruler, Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said. Oman was once a British protectorate. Other leaders included Qatar’s ruling Amir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Abu Dhabi’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the president of Yemen’s internationally recognized government, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, also visited. Sultan Haitham was Oman’s culture minister before being named as the successor to Sultan Qaboos, the Middle East’s longest- ruling monarch whose death was announced Saturday.
He died at the age of 79 after years of an undisclosed illness. Sultan Haitham, 66, has pledged to follow Sultan Qaboos’ example of promoting peace and dialogue in the Mideast. Oman has served as an interlocutor between Iran and the US, which are facing a level of unprecedented tensions.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif traveled to Muscat on Sunday as well to meet Sultan Haitham. Oman sits on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Secretary General Yousef Al- Othaimeen expressed his condolences over the passing of Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed to the Omani royal family and the Arab and Islamic worlds.
The OIC chief prayed that Allah may grant them solace and maintain the security and stability of Oman. In a separate statement, he congratulated Sultan Haitham bin Tareq on being named successor, wishing him the best of luck in his new role to sustain Oman’s development.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday that Sultan Qaboos bin Said had made a positive change in his country and the region over fifty years of his rule. “His rule over the last half century has resulted in lasting and positive change in the Sultanate and the entire Middle East region,” he said in a statement. Pompeo hailed Sultan Qaboos as a “revered leader and a friend to all nations”.
He added that the United States deeply valued the late Omani Sultan’s strong partnership in promoting regional stability and security. Offering sincere condolences on the death of the Sultan Qaboos, the US secretary of state said his vision and determination shaped Oman into the prosperous and modern state it is today.
Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a statement: “We learn with deep sadness of the passing of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman, a respected friend and partner of the United States.” “We join countless nations of the world to mourn the monumental loss of true advocate for peace and stability in the Middle East for close to a half century … often offering his hand in mediation and friendship,” he said.
Esper added that under the late Sultan’s steady leadership, Oman and its Royal Forces worked closely with US forces to counter terrorism, ensure the freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz and promote regional stability and security.
Amir returns after offering condolences for late Omani Sultan
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and a delegation accompanying him returned to the homeland on Sunday from Sultanate of Oman after he offered his condolences for the death of the late, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
His Highness the Amir was received at the airport by His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim, His Highness Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and senior state officials.
His Highness was accompanied by an official delegation that included Sheikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah, Sheikh Faisal Al Saud Al Muhammad Al Sabah, Deputy Chief of the National Guard Sheikh Meshal Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammad Al Ahmad Al Sabah, His Highness Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah, Sheikh Dr Mohammad Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah, Sheikh Dr Ali Salem Al- Ali Al-Sabah, Deputy Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, Undersecretary of the Amiri Diwan and Director of the Office of His Highness the Amir Ahmad Fahad Al-Fahad, Head of Amiri Protocols Sheikh Khaled Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah Al-Nasser Al-Sabah and Head of Information and Cultural Affairs at the Amiri Diwan, Yousef Hamad Al-Roumi. (KUNA)