Muscat – The Government of Japan announced recently the conferment of the ‘Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun’ on Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah al Ibrahim, former Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman.
The conferment was in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of friendly relations between Japan and Oman.
The Order of the Rising Sun, one of the prestigious decorations in Japan, was introduced in 1875. The award of the order for non-Japanese nationals started in 1981.
Over the past decades, Oman has maintained a unique foreign policy characterised by independence and moderation which helped formulate a decision-making process highly respected in all quarters.
Oman will fondly remember Alawi, who stepped down as the Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs in 2020 after steering Oman’s diplomacy for over two decades. He is respected by world leaders and was instrumental in Oman’s emergence as a key diplomatic player in the region.