Qureshi condoles death of Sultan Qaboos

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Staff Report

Islamabad

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday offered condolences to the royal family over the demise of Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said, the Foreign Office press release said.

According to FO statement, the Foreign Minister was granted an audience by His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq bin Taimur to receive sincere and heartfelt condolences on behalf of the leadership, Government and people of Pakistan.

The Foreign Minister conveyed special messages from the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan, stressing that the Pakistani nation fully shared the grief and sorrow of the brotherly people of Oman on this irreparable loss.

The Foreign Minister stated that with the passing away of Sultan Qaboos, Oman has lost a wise and sagacious ruler and a visionary leader,who transformed the country into a modern, vibrant and prosperous state. His contributions to the cause of peace, stability and security in the region will be long remembered. Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed the confidence that Oman will continue to prosper in line with the vision of Sultan Qaboos.

Sultan Haitham expressed sincere thanks to the leadership and people of Pakistan on the gesture of Foreign Minister’s special visit to Muscat to offer condolences. Noting the long-standing fraternal ties between Oman and Pakistan, Sultan Haitham affirmed that these relations will continue to flourish in the time to come.

Pakistan has always maintained close brotherly relations with Oman. Under the leadership of Sultan Qaboos, bilateral cooperation acquired a new level. Sultan Qaboos was a sincere and trusted friend of Pakistan, and made an invaluable contribution to bringing the two countries and peoples closer.

Speaking to media at Muscat International Airport before departing for home, the foreign minister said hard work and diligence of around 0.27 million Pakistani diaspora had proved instrumental in further strengthening ties between the two countries.

He lauded the Pakistani community in Oman for playing an important role in construction and service sectors.

Earlier, Qureshi was reached in Muscat after visiting Riyadh and Tehran where he had held meetings regarding the heightened tensions in the Middle East.

Qureshi will now travel to the US on January 15.