Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed meets Omani foreign minister in Muscat

The two review prospects for further co-operation

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Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, met Sayyid Badr Al Busaidi, Oman’s Foreign Minister, in Muscat on Sunday.

The leaders spoke of the strong UAE-Oman relations and discussed their strong historic and cultural ties, the Oman News Agency reported.

They also reviewed prospects for further co-operation in areas of mutual interest.

Sheikh Abdullah and Mr Al Busaidi discussed the latest developments in regional and international issues.

They also stressed the importance of the GCC’s collective action in various fields.

Relations between the UAE and Oman went from strength to strength after the Emirates was formed in 1971.

Both countries have since worked side by side, bound not only by proximity but shared ambitions.

On November 17, 2020, the UAE celebrated Oman’s 50th National Day.

Major buildings across the country were lit up in the colours of the Omani flag while visitors from the sultanate were greeted with flowers.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, said bolstering Emirati-Omani ties remained a key priority for the UAE.

Both countries have undergone rapid political, economic, cultural and social development under their leaderships in recent decades.

"Oman is from us, and we are among them," Sheikh Mohammed said.

"They are our siblings, and we have long-term mutual ties that we are proud of, which are being reinforced by our people daily."

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, previously spoke about the special bond between the two countries.

"The relations between the UAE and Oman are and will always be strong, as our peoples have historic ties based on solid foundations of shared geographical location, mutual traditions, kinship relations and other factors, which have given our bilateral ties a special nature," Sheikh Mohamed said.

Trade continues to remain strong between the two countries. The volume of non-oil trade between the UAE and Oman reached Dh36 billion in 2017, up 12.4 per cent from 2016.

The non-oil trade during the first nine months of 2018 amounted to Dh32.5bn, according to the UAE’s Ministry of Economy data.

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