Muscat – Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al Busaidi, Foreign Minister, delivered a statement on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the sultanate’s accession to the United Nations, which fell on October 7.
“On this historic occasion in our country’s diplomatic story, namely the 50th anniversary of the Sultanate of Oman’s membership to the United Nations, we would like to recall the principles established by the architect of modern Oman’s renaissance, the late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said – may God rest his soul – which His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik – may God protect him, continues to uphold in our relations with the world,” Sayyid Badr said.
“I am honoured on this occasion to convey my most heartfelt congratulations to His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik and to salute, with great pride, all those who have carried Oman’s precious flag, with loyalty and sacrifice at home and abroad, in our embassies, consulates and missions all the world over for the past 50 years. In these years Oman entered the modern world to attain a respected position among nations and establish a civilised model for diplomacy, international cooperation and peaceful coexistence.”
Recalling the day 50 years ago, Sayyid Badr said Oman began its “modern political and diplomatic journey to join other nations in building a new world” that is linked by “bridges of friendship, mutual respect and positive cooperation”.
“We adhere to the principles of respect for the sovereignty of states, good neighbourliness, and non-interference in the internal affairs of others.
“Throughout history, Oman has continued its cultural and humanitarian initiatives,” the foreign minister said, “through its cultural identity as embodied in its noble people, their tolerant values and ethics, which they practise as an approach and a way of life and in their dealings everywhere. It is the foundation of all our work and an achievement we are proud of.
“Accordingly, we move ahead and advance together towards the future with all its challenges and opportunities. We build on what has been achieved in our country in development, foreign policy and international relations as Oman remains in its esteemed position across the ages and generations.”
UN chief congratulates sultanate
“I congratulate the people of Oman on the 50th anniversary of the sultanate’s membership in the UN. Oman holds a distinctive place on the world stage as a trusted mediator, peacemaker and bridge-builder promoting regional stability – and it has earned the gratitude and appreciation of the international community,” Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General said.
“I would like to acknowledge your contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals, including through the Vision 2040 plan; your active support for the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines; and your efforts towards advancing opportunities for women and young people – the key to sustainable development and social stability.
“Let me also congratulate Oman on its election to the United Nations Economic and Social Council for the period 2022 to 2024.”