Muscat – A book chronicling the relations between Sri Lanka and Oman was launched at the Diplomatic Institute of the Foreign Ministry in Muscat on Monday.
Authored by H E Omar Lebbe Ameer Ajwad, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Oman, the 164-page book titled Sri Lanka-Oman Relations: Past, Present and Future, is published by Black & White Media and Services.
Gracing the launch ceremony as chief guest, H E Sheikh Khalifa al Harthy, Undersecretary for Diplomatic Affairs in the Foreign Ministry, released the book in the presence of senior officials of the Foreign Ministry, ambassadors, diplomats, representatives of the Sri Lankan community in Oman, and the media.
The book is a “testament not only to the strength of Oman and Sri Lanka’s friendship, but also Sri Lankan Ambassador H E Ameer Ajwad’s strength of character and the enthusiasm and diligence with which he undertakes each and every one of life’s pursuits,” H E Sayyid Badr al Busaidi, Foreign Minister, wrote in the book’s foreword.
“Sri Lanka and Oman’s diplomatic journey spans just over four decades. However, the tales in this book show that our bonds go back centuries, if not millennia, into the mists of time. H E Ameer Ajwad presents a comprehensive review of collaborations between our countries, from hockey to fruit, International Tea Day to cricket tournaments, fisheries to technology.
“His book demonstrates that every step of our countries’ journey together has been underpinned by a deep-rooted connection between our peoples,” H E Sayyid Badr commented.
The objective behind the book is to “reinvigorate the past, highlight the present, and to chart pathways for the future by providing relevant information with a view to fostering deeper economic engagement between the two countries,” H E Ameer Ajwad wrote in the book’s preface.
“The book sketches Sri Lanka-Oman relations in five chapters that bring out its past, illustrate its present and forecast its future.”
The book was released to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Oman which was commemorated on February 17, 2021.