ISLAMABAD: Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday supplied condolences to the royal household over the demise of Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Stated.
“The Authorities of Pakistan and its persons are heartbroken over the passing of Sultan Qaboos,” FM Qureshi stated whereas expressing grief to the brand new ruler of Oman, Haitham bin Tariq.
The overseas minister stated that the departed sultan was generally known as a benevolent, orderly and peaceable ruler. He additionally prayed for his forgiveness.
“Throughout his reign, Oman made excellent improvement,” FM stated and added that the nation misplaced a honest chief and Pakistan misplaced a trusted good friend.
Sultan Haitham thanked FM Qureshi for his go to and pledged that Oman’s authorities will try to advertise peace and safety within the area primarily based on the golden rules laid down by his predecessor.
FM Qureshi was acquired by Pakistan Ambassador to Muscat Ahsan Wagan and different officers of Omani Overseas Ministry on the Airport.
The sultanate of Oman, positioned geographically and diplomatically between the rival powers of Iran and Saudi Arabia, earned outsize affect below the lengthy reign of the late Sultan Qaboos.
Because the well being of the royal ruler declined, and hypothesis turned to who would succeed him within the absence of an inheritor, there have been questions over the way forward for Oman and its function as a valued mediator in a troubled area.
Nevertheless, with the passing on Friday of the 79-year-old sultan and the swift appointment of like-minded cousin Haitham bin Tariq as his successor, observers say Oman seems on monitor to retain its treasured standing as a impartial peacemaker.
To take action although, the brand new sultan might want to navigate difficult geopolitical terrain in addition to handle financial challenges dealing with his personal nation.
Throughout his half-century reign, Sultan Qaboos completely modernised his nation but in addition solid a broader function as a go-between in regional and worldwide crises.
Within the high-stakes Iran nuclear disaster, Oman performed a discreet function within the dialogue between Tehran and Washington, resulting in the 2015 deal involving Western powers, which three years later was unilaterally deserted by US President Donald Trump.
The overseas minister later briefed the media about his assembly with Oman’s new Sultan earlier than leaving for Pakistan on the Muscat airport.
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