Muscat: Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) arrived on Tuesday on a two-day state visit to the Sultanate of Oman. His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik led the welcoming party for the UAE President.
When the jet touched ground at the Royal Airport, His Majesty the Sultan met the guest at the foot of the ramp, welcoming him and wishing him and his official delegation a pleasant stay in Oman.
When the guest’s jet entered the Omani airspace, it was escorted by a squadron of military aircrafts till its arrival at the Royal Airport.
Along with His Majesty the Sultan, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed was received by HH Sayyid Shihab bin Tarik Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for Defence Affairs, Sayyid Khalid bin Hilal Al Busaidi, Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court (Head of the Mission of Honour), Gen. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Nu'mani, Minister of the Royal Office, Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal Al Busaidi, Minister of Interior, Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister, Sayyid Dr. Ahmed bin Hilal Al Busaidi, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the UAE, Mohammed bin Sultan Al Suwaidi, UAE Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman and members of the mission of honour.
Then, His Majesty the Sultan and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed headed to the hall, flanked by two rows of the Royal Guard of Oman (RGO).
After a short break, the motorcade of the two leaders left the Royal Airport, heading to Al Alam Palace for the official and popular reception.
As the motorcade passed Muscat Gate, a group of Royal Camel Corps lined both sides of the road, welcoming the guest. Then, a cavalcade from the Royal Cavalry and the RGO Cavalry escorted the motorcade till the National Museum’s building, to the accompaniment of a mounted military music band.
Upon the arrival of the official motorcade at the yard leading to Al Alam Palace, a popular reception was held, with the participation of more than 600 male and female citizens. A cluster of folklore bands lined the passage, chanting lyrics in a manifestation of warm welcome to the guest.
When the official motorcade arrived at the internal courtyard of Al Alam Palace, a welcoming tune was played by the RGO band, in an atmosphere of fanfare and ambiance.
After that, His Majesty the Sultan accompanied Sheikh Mohammed to the Dais of Honour where the National Anthem of the United Arab Emirates was played while the artillery fired a twenty-one gun salute for the guest.
Then, His Majesty the Sultan shook hands with members of the official delegation accompanying the UAE President, wishing them a pleasant stay. On his turn, the UAE President shook hands with some members of the Royal Family, Chairmen of the State Council and Shura Council, ministers, commanders of the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF) and the Royal Oman Police (ROP).
After that, His Majesty the Sultan and the guest proceeded to the hall where they took Arabian coffee.
The UAE President is accompanied during the visit by an official delegation comprising Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Court, Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Nahyan, Advisor of Special Affairs at the Ministry of Presidential Court, Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Diplomatic Advisor to the UAE President, Ali bin Mohammed Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary General of the Supreme National Security Council, Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Khalifa bin Shaheen Al Marar, Minister of State, Jabr bin Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Minister of State, Mohammed bin Hassan Al Suwaidi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Development Holding Company (ADQ), Mohammed bin Sultan Al Suwaidi, UAE Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman and several officials.
HM and UAE President hold talks
Sultan Haitham bin Tarik and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan held a session of official talks in addition to closed session of talks at Al Alam Palace
Oman News Agency (ONA) said: “His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates held an official session of talks at Al Alam Palace. They also held a closed session of talks that were limited to them.”
ONA added: “During the session, the well-established historical relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing and developing them in all fields to serve the interests of the people and achieve their common aspirations were reviewed.”
In addition to exchanging views on the latest developments in the region, regional and international developments, and matters of mutual interest.
HM and UAE president exchange souvenirs
His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE, exchange decorations and souvenirs, at Al Alam Palace this evening.
“His Majesty the Sultan/ His Highness bestows the highest Omani decoration, 'The Order of Al Said', in appreciation of his brother, the President of the United Arab Emirates, in appreciation of the strong brotherly ties that unite the two brotherly countries and peoples,” Oman News Agency (ONA) reported.
On the other hand, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed granted His Majesty the Sultan the "Zayed Medal", which is the highest UAE decoration in appreciation of His Highness for his brother, His Majesty the Sultan, and an expression of the brotherly ties that unite the two countries and peoples.
His Majesty the Sultan also presented the guest with a souvenir gift of an Oman sword, while His Highness presented a souvenir gift to His Majesty the Sultan, which is a model of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.