An official session of talks between H H Sayyid Shihab bin Tarik al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for Defence Affairs, and Ben Wallace, UK Secretary of State for Defence, was held at the Ministry of Defence in Al Murtafa Camp on Thursday.
H H Sayyid Shihab welcomed the British guest and his accompanying delegation, wishing them a pleasant stay in the sultanate. On his turn, the guest expressed his thanks for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to him and his accompanying delegation.
Wallace underscored the advanced, centuries-old relations between Oman and the United Kingdom. He also stressed the importance of upgrading these relations to serve the common interest of both countries.
The session explored areas of existing cooperation between the defence ministries in the two countries and means of enhancing these. The two sides also exchanged views on various other matters of common concern.
The session was attended by Dr Mohammed Nasser al Zaabi, secretary general at the Ministry of Defence, UK’s ambassador to the sultanate and the defence attaché at the UK embassy in Muscat.
UK defence secretary meets H E Nu’mani
The UK defence secretary and his delegation arrived in Oman on Wednesday night and had a series of meetings with high-level Omani officials on Thursday and Friday.
During his visit, Wallace met H E Gen Sultan bin Mohammed al Nu’amani, Minister of Royal Office, on Thursday. H E Gen Nu’amani laid emphasis on the advanced relations between the sultanate and the UK.
He also underscored the constant progress made in these relations under the leaderships of the two countries. The UK minister also visited Vice Admiral Abdullah Khamis al Ra’eesi, Chief of Staff of the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF), on Thursday.