UK praises Oman’s foreign policy
The UK has praised Oman’s foreign policy under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. “The sultanate, under the wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, has adopted a ‘balanced policy’ in its foreign relations, which has earned it the respect of all,” said Lord Geoffrey James Dear, deputy speaker of the UK House of Lords. He described this policy as ‘exemplary’.
In an interview, Lord Geoffrey said that His Majesty the Sultan has a vision that enabled him to set a special path for the comprehensive development process in the past 49 years, which made the sultanate get a prominent position among countries in many fields.
He praised the development being witnessed by the sultanate in the past four decades, especially in the infrastructure area.
Lord Geoffrey said the relations between Oman and the UK are witnessing a remarkable growth in various fields, especially in trade and investment.
In response to a question on the future of Omani-British relations after Brexit, he described the relations between the two countries as historic and deep-rooted, which began before the British accession to the European Union. He affirmed that these relations are growing whether Britain remains or leaves the European Union.
On his current visit to Oman, he said that this comes within the framework of mutual visits between the House of Lords and the State Council to boost ties in the parliamentary arena.
Lord Geoffrey spoke about the parliamentary work in the sultanate, pointing out that there is a similarity between the two countries in this aspect where there is an appointed council in the sultanate, namely the Council of State, equivalent to the UK House of Lords. There is also an elected council in the sultanate, namely the Majlis A’Shura, which is an equivalent to the UK House of Commons. He hailed the Shura march in the sultanate which has proved its success in drawing up policies and development plans within the legislative and oversights powers granted to both the councils.