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Qatari-Omani relations..a unique and distinguished model in relations between countries

The Qatari-Omani relations have always been a unique model for relations between countries and peoples. The relations between Doha and Muscat are one of the strongest strategic relations between two countries, despite the circumstances and interactions that the region experienced during the last period.

The visit of the Sultan of Oman to Doha is an affirmation of the depth of these relations and the strengthening of more areas of cooperation between the two countries.

The visit of the Sultan of Oman, which is the first to Doha and the second abroad since he assumed the reins of power in early 2020, represents a continuation of the process of joint cooperation, permanent communication and strong brotherly relations.

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, received the Sultan of Oman on a two-day state visit. The Qatari Emiri Diwan said in a statement that the two sides will discuss, during the visit, ways to support and strengthen the brotherly relations between the two countries and the prospects for their development, in addition to discussing the latest developments on the regional and international arenas.

Affinity in various fields

At the popular level in Qatar, this visit is viewed with great interest, and an unprecedented qualitative welcome for the leaders’ visits. Since the announcement of the visit, welcoming “tags” have been launched in the media and on various media platforms, and the news of the visit has appeared on the front pages of Qatari newspapers.

The Qatari-Omani relations are well-established since time immemorial and extend through tribal overlap, intermarriage and brotherhood, in addition to coordination between the two countries in all fields and convergence of views on regional and international issues.

And the relations between the two countries have been characterized in their modern form since the beginning of the seventies of the last century, as at that moment the two countries were making their way towards building the modern state, and what is cited in this regard is that Oman borrowed the Qatari educational curricula that were applied in all stages of public education, and these continued Borrowing until the mid-1980s.

The bilateral relations between the State of Qatar and the Sultanate of Oman have also been characterized by a kind of stability, constancy and prosperity due to the common visions that unite the two countries, in addition to the convergence of positions and coordination in all fields, and the continuous consultation on regional and international issues.

Economic cooperation between Qatar and Oman has witnessed great leaps in the past years (Al-Jazeera – archive)

escalating economic relations

To further strengthen the relations between the two countries and peoples, the two governments agreed to allow the citizens of the two countries to enter the two countries using the ID card instead of the international travel document, which was activated by the Minister of Interior Decree No. (5) of 1996 regarding allowing the citizens of the Sultanate to enter or leave the State of Qatar using the ID card.

With regard to the economic aspects, the economic relations between the State of Qatar and the Sultanate of Oman have witnessed an upward growth, especially in recent years, benefiting from the great effort undertaken by the Qatari-Omani Joint Committee, which was established in 1995 with the aim of activating relations between the two countries.

The two countries also signed an agreement to establish the Qatari-Omani Business Council, in order to comply with the latest economic developments, in addition to signing a memorandum of understanding related to the fields of food production, marketing and joint investment, and the export of Omani products to the Qatari market in 2018.

The trade exchange between Qatar and Oman has also recorded a great leap in recent years, rising from two billion riyals in 2016 to 3.8 billion riyals in 2017, before reaching more than 6.8 billion riyals in 2019, achieving a growth of 240 percent within two years.

The Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Sultanate of Oman Sheikh Jassim bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani says that the visit of the Sultan of Oman to the State of Qatar, today, Monday, bears an indication of the strength of bilateral relations at various levels, pointing out that this visit will establish a stage that satisfies the aspirations of the two peoples and will carry with it many folds. Of the visions and projects that will contribute to strengthening and developing relations politically, economically and culturally.

Al-Thani added, in a press statement, that the relations between Qatar and Oman have special frameworks that are supported by deep roots of kinship and intermarriage ties and are sanctified by economic and political relations that go deep in history and are based on a nascent cultural heritage, which makes them consensual relations with growing goals and unlimited horizons. Joint cooperation.

The Qatari ambassador pointed out that this “historic visit” to the Sultan of Oman on his second foreign station and his meeting with the Emir of the State of Qatar has many indications, and will be reflected in the future that awaits the development of bilateral relations at all levels and aspects and to establish a stage that works to satisfy the aspirations of the two peoples.

Gharib considers that separating ministries will help accomplish government workSaleh Gharib expects the visit to contribute to opening new horizons for cooperation between Qatar and the Sultanate of Oman (Al-Jazeera)

new turn

For his part, Qatari journalist Saleh Gharib says that the visit of the Sultan of Oman to Doha comes in the context of distinguished Qatari-Omani relations since ancient times and rooted in history, expecting that the visit will contribute to opening new horizons of cooperation, coordination and integration between the two countries in various fields.

Gharib considered, in a statement to Al Jazeera Net, that the Qatari-Omani summit will mark a new turning point in the history of relations between the two countries, noting that the leaderships of the two countries will discuss during the summit fraternal relations and ways to develop and strengthen them in various fields in addition to strengthening investment-related partnerships.

He pointed out that the summit between the Emir of Qatar and the Sultan of Oman will not stop at discussing bilateral relations and issues, but rather some international and regional files will be strongly present during the talks between the two sides, especially with regard to mediation between Iran and Saudi Arabia, especially in light of the distinguished role of Doha and Muscat in playing a mediating role and resolving differences. .

He explained that the Qatari-Omani summit will also discuss some of the files to be discussed at the Gulf summit, noting that Qatar and Oman believe in the importance and strength of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

The Qatari media believes that the visit of the Sultan of Oman to Doha receives international and regional attention due to the international and regional weight Qatar and Oman have. He also noted the great Qatari welcome to the visit, whether on social media or other media platforms, which reflects the importance of the visit and the strength and strength of relations between Qatar and Oman. .

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