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Oman’s Sultan visit to Kuwait.. Another milestone in historic relations

Oman’s Sultan visit to Kuwait.. Another milestone in historic relations


After the historic visit by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to Oman last February, the upcoming state visit by Oman Sultan Haitham bin Tareq to Kuwait, Monday, would add another milestone to the historic ties.

The last visit by His Highness the Amir to Muscat had ushered a new era in relations through the exchange of top state honors exemplified in the Order of Al-Said bestowed to His Highness the Amir and the Order of Mubarak the Great bestowed on Sultan Haitham in return.

The past visit also saw the inauguration of Al-Duqm refinery and petrochemical complex, a globally renowned Kuwaiti-Omani joint petroleum venture at the cost of around USD nine billion.

Kuwaiti-Omani ties had always been highlighted by strengthen of cooperation and a keen sense of brotherhood and mutual respect shown by the leaderships and people of both countries.

Relations between the brotherly nations went beyond mere decades, the Kuwaiti and Omani people had been intertwined in familial and commercial
relations for centuries.

Perhaps the biggest indication of the strength of relations came when Kuwait experienced its darkest hours during the Iraqi invasion in 1990 for which the Sultanate of Oman expressed utter condemnation.

The Omani involvement in the liberation of Kuwait in 1991 had displayed the Sultanate keenness on turning words of solidarity to action on the ground.

On the political level, the leaderships of both countries were keen on visiting each other in an act to bolster and foster ties for the sake of their development and their peoples.

On September 18, 1991, then Kuwait Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah visited Oman and met with the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said, expressing gratitude towards Oman’s support of Kuwait during the invasion.

On December 23, 1991, Sultan Qaboos visited Kuwait to partake in the 12th GCC Summit, meeting during the occasion with the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad.

On May 20, 2002, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, yet again, visited Kuwait, meeting with th
e late Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad to inquire about his health condition. During this visit, Sultan Qaboos held official rounds of talks with Sheikh Jaber, discussing matters pertaining to ties as well as developments within the Arab and Islamic spheres.

On June 7, 2005, Sultan Qaboos visited Kuwait, meeting with then Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah with both officials focusing on the latest developments back then on the level of bilateral ties and happenings in the world.

On December 28, 2009, the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah bestowed Sultan Qaboos with the “Order of Mubarak the Great” during his visit to Kuwait. Sultan Qaboos also bestowed Sheikh Sabah with the “Civil Order of Oman of the First Class”.

On June 17, 2010, Sultan Qaboos bin Said visited Kuwait and met with the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad, discussing during the occasion a number of matters relating to relations and recent happenings in the world back then.

On April 16, 2012, Sultan Qaboos
was a four-day visit to Kuwait where he met with the Amir Sheikh Sabah, discussing with them an assortment of issues.

The Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah visited Oman on February 20, 2017 where he met with Sultan Qaboos and discussed matters pertaining to relations.

On January 12, 2020, the late Amir Sheikh Sabah visited the Sultanate to offer condolences on the passing away of Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

The current Sultan Haitham bin Tareq visited Kuwait on October first, 2020, to offer his condolences on the passing away of the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Sultan Haitham also visited Kuwait on June 18, 2023 to offer condolences over the death of the late Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

On the level of cooperation, Kuwait and Oman had closely coordinated efforts throughout their history, forming in 2001 a cooperation committee to hold regular meetings.

Officials from both countries also exchanged regular visits to seek bolstering of cooperation and ways
to coordinate stances on issues of importance.

On March 11, 2023, then Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah headed Kuwait’s delegation to the ninth meeting of the joint Kuwaiti-Omani committee in Oman, holding discussions with Omani counterpart Badr Al-Busaidi.

Al-Busaidi, on his part, visited Kuwait on November 16, 2023 where he held an official round of meetings with Sheikh Salem, signing on the occasion agreements in the fields of higher education, economy, environment protection, and industrial exports.

On November 21, 2023, then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah visited Oman, meeting with Omani Deputy Prime Minister for Defense Affairs Shihab bin Tareq.

The two discussed ways to bolster relations within the defensive domain.

On the level of oil cooperation, the OQ8 trademark was launched on January 14, 2021, for the Duqm refinery in Oman, a venture amongst Kuwait Petroleum International (Q8) Oman Oil Company (OQ).

CEO o
f Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) Sheikh Nawaf Al-Sabah also visited Oman on December 12, 2023 to follow up on the Duqm refinery project.

On October 7, 2023, Kuwait hosted the “Oman in the heart of Kuwait” exhibition with the participation of 50 Omani artists.

Source: Kuwait News Agency