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Oman, Cyprus strengthen bilateral ties, discuss cooperation in regional issues

28 Jan 2024 Oman, Cyprus strengthen bilateral ties, discuss cooperation in regional issues By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – H E Sayyid Badr al Busaidi, Foreign Minister, met Konstantinos Kompos, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, on Sunday. The meeting focused on reinforcing bilateral relations between the two nations.

The ministers discussed opportunities to develop and diversify cooperation in several sectors, including economic, commercial and technical fields.

Key among the discussion points were the finalisation of several agreements and memorandums of understanding. These include an agreement to avoid double taxation and prevent  evasion of income tax, a cooperation agreement in public security, and a collaborative project in agriculture and fisheries.

The ministers emphasised the importance of bolstering partnership in maritime transport, tourism, education and renewable energy sectors.

On the political front, the discussions centred on current regional and international developments. The ministers shared their perspectives on critical issues, notably the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip and the resultant dire humanitarian crisis.

Both ministers stressed the urgency of achieving a ceasefire, ensuring the uninterrupted flow of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, and initiating the process towards a two-state solution to secure a just and comprehensive peace in the region.

The situation in the Red Sea was also a matter of concern and came up for discussion.

The meeting was attended by Andreas Nicolaides, the Cypriot Ambassador to Oman, Munther bin Mahfouz al Mandhari, Head of the European Department in the Foreign Ministry, and other officials from both countries. The meeting underscored the mutual commitment of Oman and Cyprus to deepen relations and collaborate closely on various regional and international  matters.

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