Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sees off Sultan Haitham of Oman at the airport before his departure from the Kingdom, July 12, 2021. (SPA)

July 12, 2021

Saudi Arabia and Oman stressed on Monday the importance of good neighborliness and respect of international resolutions to avoid destabilizing the region.

They also underscored the need for cooperation and seriously tackling the Iranian nuclear file, as well as its ballistic missile program, read a statement at the conclusion of a visit by Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tariq to the Kingdom.

The two neighbors stressed support to Saudi Arabia’s initiative to resolve the conflict in Yemen and ease the suffering of its people. Both sides exchanged similar views over the need to maintain efforts to reach a political solution to the crisis.

Riyadh and Muscat agreed to coordinate stances to serve the interests of their countries and bolster stability. They welcomed the participation of Saudi companies in sophisticated projects in Oman and highlighted the opportunities in investment, innovation and energy projects.

They agreed to bolster cooperation in food and environment security. They stressed their determination to increase their economic cooperation and ordered the concerned authorities to speed up the reopening of the land border between the Kingdom and Sultanate to facilitate the flow of goods and travelers.

Sultan Haitham had arrived in the Kingdom on Sunday on a two-day official visit. It was his first since ascending the throne last year.

He held talks with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz in Neom. The meeting was attended by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.

Discussions focused on bolstering cooperation in all fields. They hailed progress that has been achieved in cooperation and coordination in the political, military and security fields in a manner that ensures each country’s stability.

King Salman and Sultan Haitham welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding over the establishment of a Saudi-Omani coordination council. The council will be headed by the foreign ministers of both countries and will aim to boost bilateral relations in all fields.

They praised the efforts of the OPEC+ group, led by the Kingdom and with Oman’s participation, that have led to the stabilization and balance of the oil markets in spite of the weak demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. They underscored the need to continue cooperation to further support the stability of the markets.

They agreed to order the concerned parties to carry out studies to explore investment opportunities between their countries in various fields, including innovation, energy projects, renewable energy and industry, health, information technology, petrochemicals, supply chains and others.

King Salman and Sultan Haitham also tackled regional and international issues of interest. They stressed the need to coordinate stances to serve their interests and support regional and international security and stability.

On Yemen, they agreed to continue their efforts to reach a solution to the conflict based on the Gulf initiative, national dialogue outcomes, United Nations Security Council resolution 2216 and the Saudi initiative.

On Iran, they underlined the importance of cooperation and serious and effective handling of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs to achieve regional and international security and stability. They stressed the principle of good neighborliness and respect of UN and international resolutions to spare the region from all destabilizing activities in the region.

Sultan Haitham invited King Salman to visit “his second home”, Oman. At the end of his trip, he expressed his deep gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed for the warm reception accorded to him and his accompanying delegation.

Asharq Al-Awsat

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