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HM restructures Defence, National Security Councils

25 Jan 2021 By ONA

His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik issued three Royal Decrees on Monday reading as follows:

Royal Decree No 12/2021 regulates/restructures the Defence Council

Article 1 stipulates that the Defence Council will be restructured under the chairmanship of His Majesty the Sultan, the Supreme Commander, and with the following as members:

The Deputy Prime Minister for Defence Affairs; Minister of  Royal Office, Head of Office of the Supreme Commander; Head of Liaison and Coordination at  Royal Office; Head of Internal Security Service, Inspector-General of Police and Customs; and Chief of Staff of Sultan’s Armed Forces.

Article 2 stipulates that the Defence Council, without prejudice to its other specialisations/functions stated in laws and Royal Decrees, will specialise in reviewing all issues related to safeguarding and defending the sultanate’s safety and will convene when it is deemed necessary to declare the State of Public Mobilisation.

Article 3 cancels Royal Decree No 105/96 on the Defence Council, as well as all that contradicts this decree or contravenes its provisions.

Article 4 states that this decree will be published in the Official Gazette and enforced on its date of issue.

Royal Decree No 13/2021 regulates/restructures the National Security Council

Article 1 stipulates that the National Security Council will be restructured under the chairmanship of His Majesty the Sultan, the Supreme Commander, and the following as members:

The Minister of Royal Office, Head of Office of the Supreme Commander; Head of Liaison and Coordination at the Royal Office; Head of Internal Security Service;Inspector-General of Police and Customs; and Chief of Staff of  Sultan’s Armed Forces.

The council may call for the attendance of whomever it might consider appropriate other than its members.

Article 2 states that the National Security Council specialises in all issues related to national security.

Article 3 states that the National Security Council will convene under the chairmanship of His Majesty the Sultan, the Supreme Commander, in cases he deems necessary. Otherwise, it convenes under the chairmanship of the Minister of Royal Office, Head of Office of the Supreme Commander.

Article 4 stipulates that the National Security Council will have a Secretary-General who will be appointed by a Royal Decree.

Article 5 states that the National Security Council will be assisted by a Secretariat General that reports to the Royal Office and a number of committees reporting to the council.

It also states that the Minister of Royal Office, Head of the Office of the Supreme Commander, will issue a decision to regulate the functions of the Secretariat General and specialisations of the Secretary-General, besides the formation of the committees and determination of their specialisations.

Article 6 cancels Royal Decree No 63/2003 on the National Security Council, as well as all that contradicts this decree or contravenes its provisions.

Article 7 states that this decree will be published in the Official Gazette and enforced on its date of issue.

 

Royal Decree No 14/2021 on Military Promotions and Appointments

Article 1 promotes Brig Nasser Saleh Saud al Ma’awali to the rank of Major General and appoints him Secretary General of the National Security Council in the Royal Office.

Article 2 promotes Brig Sulaiman Khalid Sulaiman al Zakwani to the rank of Major General and appoints him as Secretary General of Military Affairs in the Royal Office.

Article 3 promotes Brig Salim Ali Badr al Hosni to the rank of Major General and appoints him Commander of the Royal Guard of Oman.

Article 4 promotes Brig Mussalam Mohammed Taman Ja’abob to the rank of Major General and appoints him Commander of Sultan’s Special Force.

Article 5 appoints Maj Gen Abdullah Ali Hamad al Harthy as Assistant Inspector General of Police and Customs for Operations.

Article 6 promotes Brig Khalifa Ali Nasser al Siyabi to the rank of Major General and appoints him Assistant Inspector General of Police and Customs for Administrative and Financial Affairs.

Article 7 states that this decree will be published in the Official Gazette and enforced on its date of issue.

 

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