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The sultanate and Turkey have agreed to strengthen ties following top-level talks in Muscat as His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and Turkish President Abdullah Gul, who paid his first official visit to Oman, underlined the importance of stepping up bilateral cooperation, especially because both countries ‘share the same foreign policy principles’.

Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah, in a statement to the Press after the discussions, said Sultan Qaboos and Gul reviewed Oman-Turkey relations and the latest regional and international political developments.

“His Majesty the Sultan affirmed the sultanate’s keenness to benefit from Turkish construction and other companies and voiced a desire to further develop bilateral relations,” Abdallah said.

Commenting on regional issues, Sultan Qaboos noted that the Middle East had “witnessed many crises and wars, and therefore joint efforts are needed to help avoid more wars in the region, taking into account the region’s global importance.”

The President said his country was keen to expand cooperation with the sultanate in all sectors, especially in the cultural field. He referred to the historic and cultural bonds between the sultanate and Turkey, noting that they were two Islamic countries with a
rich past.

He reaffirmed that his country and the sultanate shared similar approaches to foreign policy, as both depended on “constructive dialogue as a means of resolving political and non-political disputes.” This, he added, was an important logic in regional and international cooperation as it provided common grounds for the establishment of peace and stability.”

Gul also explained Turkey’s efforts in developing relations with neighboring countries, its ties with Russia, the EU and Arab states and its support for the cause of Arab and Islamic nations.

Earlier, upon his arrival on a three-day official visit, Gul was given a warm reception and was greeted at the Muscat Museum Gate by Sultan Qaboos and other top dignitaries.

Gul received HE Sayyid Badr Bin Saud Al Busaidi, Minister Responsible for Defense Affairs, at his residence in Al Bustan Palace Hotel.

The meeting reviewed bilateral relations in a number of fields, particularly cooperation in the military field and means of enhancing it.

They reviewed a number of current regional and international issues of mutual concern. Gul also received HE Maqbool Bin Ali Bin Sultan, Minister of Commerce and Industry.

They reviewed aspects of bilateral relations in various fields, particularly cooperation in trade, economic and tourism fields and joint investment opportunities between the two countries.

The two sides expressed their hope in raising the inter-trade by participating in the economic activities and exhibitions which are held in both countries and offering a greater role for the companies and the private sector institutions in the two countries.

Gul also met HE Yousuf Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, at Al Bustan Palace Hotel.

The meeting reviewed joint cooperation between the two countries and means of enhancing them to serve the common interest, in addition to discussing the latest regional and international developments.

The Turkish president also met HE Dr. Khamis Bin Mubarak Al Alawi, Minister of Transport and Communications. The meeting discussed means of promoting joint cooperation between the two countries, particularly in roads, transport and aviation fields and means of enhancing them to serve the interests of the two countries.

Turkish President Gul received HH Sayyid Fahd Bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers, at his residence in Al Bustan Palace Hotel.

Fahd highlighted the importance of the visit of the Turkish president and his delegation to the Sultanate and said the visit was historic and would have great impact not only on the level of the officials but on the level of the Omani and Turkish people.

Fahd said such meeting would open wider horizons towards cementing the bilateral ties in all walks of life, praising the Turkish policy at regional and international levels known for being balanced and wise.

Gul hailed the talks he had with His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation for His Majesty the Sultan and the Omani people for their warm welcome and friendship.

Gul said that before coming to Oman he learnt about the rapid progress and development witnessed by the Sultanate under the wise leadership of His Majesty the Sultan but after he arrived his knowledge has become deeper.

During the meeting a number of issues related to bilateral cooperation were reviewed. Current regional and international issues were also reviewed. In this context, both sides affirmed the importance of dialogue among different parties, promotion of peace and peaceful settlement of conflicts to leverage the potentialities to achieve welfare of people.

The meeting was attended from the Omani side by HE Mohammed Bin Al Zubair, HM the Sultan’s Adviser for Economic Planning Affairs (Head of the Mission of Honor accompanying the guest), HE Sayyid Badr Bin Hamoud Al Busaidi, Secretary-General at the Foreign Ministry, and HE Sayyid Qais Bin Salim Al Said, the Sultanate’s Ambassador to Turkey.

It was attended from the Turkish side by members of the official delegation accompanying the Turkish president.

President Gul, his wife and his delegation visited Bait Al Zubair Museum in Muscat.

During the visit, Gul was accompanied by HE Mohammed Bin Al Zubair, HM the Sultan’s Adviser for Economic Planning Affairs, (Head of the mission of honor accompanying the guest).

The Turkish president was briefed on Bait Al Zubair Museum, its history and facilities. He viewed the displayed items of the museum that shows part of the Omani history and civilization, in addition to other displayed items that shows the progress being experienced by the Sultanate under the prosperous reign of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.

Meanwhile, Gul and his accompanying delegation went on a maritime tour starting from Al Mukala anchorage in Muscat.

The tour included beaches of the city of Muscat during which he viewed the landscapes of the city’s beaches and other surrounding villages.

Gul and his delegation also visited the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in the Wilayat of Bausher.

At the beginning of the visit, Gul was briefed on the mosque’s stages of building. Then, the Turkish president toured the mosque, which is designed according to the Omani architecture, in addition to the Islamic architecture and the distinguished Omani and Islamic architectures.

The Turkish president also familiarized himself with the mosque’s utilities, such as the Islamic Institute, the lecture hall and the Islamic Library, besides the mosque’s role in highlighting the Islamic civilization.

The Turkish president also met members of the Turkish community in the Sultanate at his residence in Al Bustan Palace Hotel on.