Muscat: The Korean Embassy hosted a National Day and Armed Forces Day reception on December 4, 2023. The gathering was attended by Korean community members, Omani participants represented by H.E. Dr. Ali. Bin Amer Al Shidhani, Under Secretary for Communications and IT at the Ministry of Transport, Communications and IT and members of the diplomatic corps. They jointly commemorated a long-standing partnership between Korea and Oman that has grown from strength to strength since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1974.
H.E. KIM Kiejoo, Ambassador of Korea to the Sultanate of Oman highlighted the profile of partnership that has steadily thrived on the basis of three robust pillars extending political, economic and cultural fields. He defined the strength of the partnership by underlining that "the common thread of shared commitment to peace and prosperity has prevailed throughout the last 49 years to the mutual benefit of our two countries and beyond.”
Korea and Oman have enjoyed mutually-beneficial economic ties. The bilateral trade volume reaching USD 5.6 billion as of last year attests to the vibrant dynamics of the relations. Ambassador KIM reassured the commitment to “aligning the partnership with Oman Vision 2040 and contributing to its fulfillment.” He further expressed the intention to advance collaboration between Korea and Oman in developing green hydrogen industry and in achieving zero carbon emission by 2050.
Cultural affinity is increasingly shared by the Korean and Omani people. Ambassador KIM expressed his willingness to further promote cultural exchanges in commemoration of the forthcoming 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2024. Educational exchanges are expected to contribute to deepening cultural ties on the basis of the Korean Scholarship Program (KSP).