Muscat: His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik received President Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier of the Federal Republic of Germany, who began an official visit to the Sultanate of Oman.
The German President was accorded an official reception ceremony today.
Upon the arrival of the motorcade of the German President at Al Alam Palace external courtyard, a squadron of cavalry lined the two sides of the road to the gate of the palace, welcoming the guest.
Then, the Royal Guard of Oman (RGO) band played a welcoming tune, to the accompaniment of trumpets, as the motorcade entered the internal courtyard of Al Alam Palace.
After that, His Majesty the Sultan accompanied the German President to the Dais of Honour where the national anthem of Germany was played, while the artillery fired a 21-gun salute for the guest.
Then, His Majesty the Sultan shook hands with members of the official delegation accompanying the President of Germany, wishing them a pleasant stay.
In his turn, the guest 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 coffee.
The President of Germany is accompanied by an official delegation comprising Dr. Tobias Lindner, Minister of State at the Foreign Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dirk Lölke, Ambassador of Germany to Oman, Wolfgang Silbermann, Head of the Foreign Policy Department of the Office of the Federal President and a number of German officials.