Sultanate of Oman celebrates 41st Glorious National Day anniversary (1)

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His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said will preside over a military parade at Sultan Qaboos Academy for Police Sciences for the sultanate's celebrations of the 41st National Day, which falls on Friday.

His Majesty the Sultan will be accompanied by the chairmen of the State Council and Majlis A'Shura, ministers, advisors, the commanders of the Sultan's Armed Forces, ROP and other military and security departments.

The parade will also be attended by members of the State Council and Majlis A'Shura, undersecretaries, the judges of Dakhiliyah governorate, heads of diplomatic missions of several countries, military attachés, walis of Dakhiliyah governorate, and a number of senior officials.

SAF senior officers and non-commissioned officers, members of the Royal Guard of Oman, ROP and security organizations, as well as dignitaries, will be present on the occasion.

The protocol column will also include female police platoons.

Combined female military music bands from the ROP, the Royal Guard of Oman, Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO), Royal Court Affairs (RCA) and Royal Cavalry will also take part in the parade.

Sultan Qaboos, the Supreme Commander, will preside over the military parade which will be held on the military parade ground at Sultan Qaboos Academy for Police Sciences on November 18 on the occasion of the Sultanate’s celebrations of the 41st Glorious National Day.

His Majesty will be accompanied during the parade by Their Highnesses, the chairmen of the State Council and Shura Council, ministers, advisers, the commanders of the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF), the Royal Oman Police (ROP) and other military and security apparatuses.

The honorable members of the State Council and Shura Council, undersecretaries, judges of the Al-Dakhiliyah Governorate, heads of diplomatic missions of countries accredited to the Sultanate, military attachés, walis of the Al-Dakhiliyah Governorate, senior officials, SAF senior officers and non-commissioned officers and personnel, the Royal Guard of Oman (RGO), the ROP and security apparatuses, sheikhs and dignitaries will also attend.

The ROP is honored to organize this parade as the protocol column will consist of female police platoons. Joint female military music bands from the ROP, the RGO, the Royal Air Force of Oman, the Royal Court Affairs and the Royal Cavalry will take part in the parade.

The Omani Women’s Association in the Wilayat of Sumail organized a loyalty march to mark the Royal Presence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said on Monday.

The march was attended by Her Excellency Sheikha Aisha Bint Khalfan Al Siyabiya, Chairperson of Public Authority for Craft Industries, and Raba Bint Saif Al Jabria, Chairperson of the Omani Women’s Association in Sumail, along with women of the Wilayat.

The participants expressed their happiness over the Royal visit of His Majesty the Sultan to the Wilayat. Aisha lauded the visit of His Majesty to the Wilayat on the occasion of the Sultanate celebrating the 41st National Day.

Meanwhile, Sultan Qaboos has earlier delivered a Royal Speech at the opening of Council of Oman’s fifth term.

Following is the text of His Majesty’s speech:

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Praise be to the Almighty who has promised those who are grateful further blessings. Prayer and peace be upon the Messenger of Mercy to all nations, and to His family and companions. And to those who have followed their righteous path to the Day of Judgment.

Honorable members of the Council of Oman…

Dear Citizens…

In the name of God, the Most High, the Almighty, We inaugurate the Fifth Term of the Council of Oman on this blessed day, thanking God for His bounties, His abundant generosity and His providence to enable Oman to achieve further development, progress and prosperity, for He is the One Who responds to prayers.

We spoke before, on this same glorious occasion, about Oman’s Shura (consultation) experiment and about the gradual path we chose to build it on firm foundations and stable pillars that will ensure its natural growth, meet the requirements of each phase of national work, and also respond to the community’s needs and — by applying wisdom in its vision and in the implementation of its procedures – fulfill its aspirations of contributing more effectively to the decision-making process in the higher interest of the country and citizens.

Many notable achievements were made along the path of this blessed experience during the past phase, and as we express our thanks for the efforts exerted in this regard we are looking forward to a qualitative shift in national work which will be carried out by the Council of Oman during the upcoming period in the light of the expanded powers given to it in the legislative and auditing fields.

There is no doubt that the challenges are enormous, but we are quite confident that all members of the Council will play their effective role and exert their utmost efforts for the sake of leading their beloved country onwards to greater honor, glory, progress and prosperity, security and stability, while putting before their eyes the enormous responsibilities incurred by their Council as a body which takes part in the decision-making process.

The members, as citizens seeking their country’s prominence, should also work continuously and relentlessly to ensure the success of plans aimed at consolidating the Sultanate’s economic, social and scientific potential to serve the common interest, and raise the country’s regional and international status and help it achieve its commitments at both local and foreign levels without any delay.

It is obvious that this requires more cooperation and coordination between government departments and the Council of Oman in particular, and between the two and the private sector, the civil societies and corporations in general.

Collaboration and cooperation between all responsible bodies and direct coordination between the departments and the exchange of opinions and consultation among those in charge is the way that leads to the success of national plans and programs in playing their desired role in comprehensive development and achieving its short and long-term goals in serving the present and future generations.

Honorable members of the Council of Oman…

Dear Citizens…

The building of a modern state which we pledged to establish since the first moment of the dawn of the Blessed Renaissance required us to exert big efforts in the field of establishing the infrastructure which is the pillar and first cornerstone of comprehensive development. The provision of this infrastructure – in all parts of the Sultanate – Praise be to God, has given a big opportunity for construction development in various cities and villages throughout Oman and paved the way for the establishment of many economic, commercial and industrial projects as well as different educational, cultural, health and social institutions. Any observer of daily life in Oman will see this quite clearly. And no wonder. Omanis have been, from ancient times, makers of civilization with their great historic heritage, their openness to other civilizations across the seas and oceans, and their ability to communicate and exchange mutual benefits with others.

This is why Omanis are well-qualified to be an example and a model for others to follow in this age of rapid development and progress, and why they are also capable of coping with the challenges of the modern age, and adopting every new enlightened idea, benefiting from sciences and new technology and at the same time always preserving the values and high principles that they believe in, and the traditions and authentic customs with which they were brought up.

We all know that progress is part of the reality of the universe we live in. However, many ways and means are required in order to achieve it. The first of these is a strong will and determination, and a readiness to face challenges and persist in one’s endeavors to overcome difficulties and obstacles.

Therefore every nation that desires to live—in the full meaning of the word – needs to roll up its sleeves and work tirelessly and diligently with dedication and the love to give generously to utilize its capacities and skills and invest in its resources and potential, so that it can build a great and illustrious present and prepare for a decent and prosperous future. Through God’s grace, the Omani people have been granted many of these qualities, and over the past four decades they were able to realize achievements which still stand as clear evidence that cannot be denied by anybody who has the power of vision and insight.

We offer our thanks to the Almighty for His great bounties and we pray and supplicate humbly to Him to grant this generation of Oman’s sons and daughters as well as the upcoming generations the ability to maintain these achievements and preserve and protect them against every malicious enemy, scheming traitor or envious waylay, as these achievements are in their trust for which they will be asked before God, history and their homeland.

Honorable members of the Council of Oman…

Dear Citizens…

We have always affirmed our continued attention to the development of human resources and we said that these resources take top priority in our plans and programs as the human being is the cornerstone of every development structure and a pivotal component around which all types of development revolve as their ultimate goal is the happiness of the individual, providing him with means of a decent living and guaranteeing his security and safety.

As youth are the present and future of the nation we gave them the attention and care they deserve throughout the years of the Blessed Renaissance as the government endeavored to provide them with education, training, qualifications and employment opportunities.

The forthcoming stage will witness, with God’s permission, bigger attention and greater care to provide more opportunities for the youth in order to consolidate their gain in knowledge, strengthen their talents in creation and production and increase their participation in the comprehensive development march.

As education is the basic pillar of progress and development, and in order to produce a responsibly aware generation with expertise and skills, and aspiring to a higher level of knowledge, it is necessary to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the educational march in order to achieve these aspirations and benefit from the available job opportunities in the public and private sectors.

The construction, economic, commercial and industrial projects established during the past stage in various parts of the Sultanate have absorbed many national workers and the private sector has proved its cooperation in shouldering the responsibility as it assumed a tangible role in cooperating with the government and boosting sustainable development efforts. We are looking forward to a greater role to be played by the private sector in the future, particularly in the field of the development of human resources.

We are looking with satisfaction at the efforts made by the government during the recent past in implementing our directives to employ thousands of our sons and daughters in the civil, security and military sectors, and we could also like to express our appreciation for the efforts made by the private sector in this important domain.

Honorable members of the Council of Oman…

Dear Citizens…

The State’s laws and regulations have guaranteed for every Omani the right to express his opinion and participate with his constructive ideas in enhancing the march of progress witnessed by the country in various arenas.

We have always believed it is important that there should be a wide range of different ideas and opinions, and that people should not be prohibited from thinking freely, because this is evidence of a community’s strength and its ability to benefit from these opinions and ideas to serve its aspirations for a better future and finer, happier life. However, freedom of expression does not mean that any party has the right to force its opinions on others or suppress the rights of others to express their ideas freely, since this has nothing to do with democracy or law; and keeping up with the times does not mean imposing one’s ideas on other people.

This is how our true religion teaches us, as God the Great Almighty commended the faithful in his coherent book by saying “Who conducts their affairs by mutual consultation,” and this also what the laws of the modern age in which we live call for. Also as the monopolization of opinion and its imposition on others should not be permitted, radicalism and immoderation should also not be tolerated because all that will disturb the required balance upon which wise decisions that consider the interest of all were based.

The more thought becomes diverse, open and free of fanaticism, the more it becomes a correct and sound basis for building generation, the progress of nations and the advancement of societies. Inflexibility, extremism and immoderation are the opposite of all this and societies which adopt such ideas only carry within themselves the seeds of their eventual destruction.

As we affirmed the rejection of our Omani society of any claims that do not confirm with our moderate and tolerant nature, we remind all concerned that enlightenment is highly important to understand issues and give no space for baseless speculation, as the Sultanate’s policy is based on achieving balance in life in accordance with God’s saying “But seek with the wealth which God has bestowed on thee, the home of the hereafter, not forget thy portion in this world but do thou good to thee and seek not mischief in the land”- True are the words of Almighty God. We were born in this country with the natural disposition, Praise be to God, of tolerance, good conduct, rejection of bitterness, warding off sedition and abiding by customs and values based on fraternity, cooperation and love among all.

We affirm the need for these good traits and high values to be instilled in our youth from a young age, at home, in school, mosque, club and other educational and nurturing incubators so it will act as a fence protecting them from falling into the abyss of intruding ideas that call for violence, extremism, hatred, fanaticism, being opinionated and non-acceptance of the others, as well as other extreme ideas and opinions that lead to the tearing up of the society, draining its vital powers and leaving it in ruins and utter destruction, God forbid.

Honorable members of the Council of Oman…

Dear Citizens…

Government work, as is well-known, is a matter of trust and responsibility. It should be carried out with total disregard for personal interests and with complete honesty for the service of the community, and it should never countenance corruption. Here we should like to affirm that corruption must not be allowed in any shape or form; we instruct our government to take all necessary measures to prevent it and we direct all the audit authorities to fulfill their duties resolutely in this regard with the full force of the law, away from doubt and uncertainties, since justice must take its course and become our goal and objective. With God’s assistance, we are continuing to upgrade the judicial and audit institutions with the aim of reinforcing the State institutions. Our support for the judiciary and its independence is a duty to which we have committed ourselves, and we recognize that it is imperative to respect its decisions without favoritism, as all are equal before the law.

Honorable members of the Council of Oman…

Dear Citizens…

We are living in a world that has witnessed rapid developments at regional and international levels that have had a different impact and opposing reactions. As the world is characterized by over-lapping interests and policies we cannot be detached from what is happening around us. The Sultanate has always been known for adopting a clear policy based on cooperation with all in accordance with the firm principles of mutual respect, encouragement of dialogue and rejection of violence in tackling issues, in order to come up with communities where fraternization and stability prevail which will enable nations to continue their development march and achieve their objectives of progress and prosperity in an atmosphere of security, free of disturbances, and encourage the implementation of economic and social plans and programs in accordance with priorities dictated by public interests. We in the Sultanate, and despite the crises swarming the world and the difficulties in predicting their limits, timescale, and their repercussions on the countries’ economy, we endeavor to lessen these impacts by adopting balanced economic policies to preserve our gains and boost our economic plans in various spheres, going forward with determination to complete the establishment of the modern state based on solid foundations that guarantee the continuation of the development of natural and human resources, spreading education, culture and knowledge and providing security and stability and consolidating the basis of institutional work that leads, with God’s assistance, to more progress, prosperity and a decent living for all citizens.

In conclusion, we should like to salute and express our appreciation to all dedicated workers from our Omani sons and daughters, wherever they are and whatever responsibilities they bear, and to all those who have helped to create a better future for Oman and raise its status and prestige to new heights, while protecting its gains and safeguarding its achievements, security and stability. In particular, we salute our armed forces and security services for their sacrifice and selflessness and to them we reaffirm that we shall continue to extend our care and support for the development of their abilities and potential.

Our Lord, make this country peaceful and feed its people with fruits. And be their guide on the straight path.

May God grant you success, and may God’s peace and mercy be upon you.

At the commencement of the opening of the Council of Oman’s fifth term, verses from the Holy Quran were recited.

The opening of the Council of Oman’s fifth term was attended by Their Highnesses, the chairmen of the State Council and the Shura Council, ministers, advisers, commanders of the Sultan’s Armed Forces and Royal Oman Police, members of the State Council and members of Shura Council, heads of diplomatic missions accredited to the Sultanate, sheikhs, dignitaries, editors-in-chief of Oman News Agency and local newspapers, editors-in-chief of newspapers and media representatives of other countries.