The National Day of Oman and the growth of relations with China

By : H.E Nasser Al Bousaidi, the Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the People’s Republic of China

On the occasion of the fifty-second National Day of the Sultanate of Oman, which is on November 18th , Nasser Al Busaidi, the ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the People’s Republic of China, told ( the reporter, for example, china daily ) that Under the wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq , especially after proposing the vision of Oman 2040, Oman has made remarkable progress in all areas of development. He pointed out that this anniversary is a celebration of Oman’s bold and optimistic strides towards prosperity and development; The ambassador also pointed out that Oman has a strong political relationship with China. Early this year, His Excellency Bader Bin Hamad, Oman’s Foreign Minister, paid an official visit to China, and in late April Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe visited Muscat too. The Sultan of Oman was one of the first foreign leaders who sent a congratulatory message to His Excellency President Xi Jinping on the successful completion of the 20th Congress of the CPC and his reelection to the post of general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.
As for the historical Sino-Omani relations, the ambassador said that the friendship between China and Oman can be traced back to more than 2000 years ago. The Maritime Silk Road has closely linked the two countries; Similar to the presence of the Sohar ship memorial in Guangzhou, the Chinese Embassy in Oman inaugurated On November 8th, 2022, the statue of Chinese navigator Zheng He in Salalah in Zuafar Province, which is the best proof of the traditional friendship and historical exchanges between the two countries. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1978, the two countries have opened a new chapter of bilateral exchanges and cooperation, and have achieved strong development in recent years, especially after the “the Belt and Road” initiative was put forward.
Speaking about the unprecedented transformations the world is witnessing in a century, the ambassador said that the Sultanate of Oman has been and will continue to be committed to a foreign policy based on the principle of peaceful coexistence, spreading a culture of peace and cooperation, and strengthening security and stability, and pointed out that the Sultanate of Oman has played an important role in resolving regional and international disputes and promoting the development of conflict areas through negotiations. The international community highly appreciated the role played by Oman. At the same time, he praised China’s global development initiative and global security initiative, saying that they are a good vision to promote the harmonious coexistence of countries and societies around the world, and fully conform to Oman’s vision. He added that Oman expects China to play a greater role in global governance with its political and economic influence.
At the end, the ambassador affirmed that Oman would work hard to maintain the friendship relations with China, to promote the strategic partnership between the two countries to move forward, to remain faithful to this fruitful partnership, and maintain its vitality forever. He also expressed that the Sultanate of Oman is confident that a promising and prosperous future awaits the Omani-Chinese and Arab-Chinese relations.

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