State Council lauds role of Westminster Foundation
June 12, 2019 | 9:29 PM
by Times News Service
The Omani delegation, later on met with the Chairman of New Generation group, Oliver Blake at the Anglo–Omani Society. — ONA

London: The State Council delegation, led by Dr Yahya bin Mahfoudh Al Mantheri on Wednesday was received at the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, by its CEO Anthony Smith and Dina Melhem, Director for Asia and the Middle East and North Africa.

Dr Al Mantheri valued the contribution of the foundation in deepening the historical ties between the two countries by expanding their areas of cooperation through the implementation of varied activities and events.

Anthony Smith briefed the council delegation about the activities of the Foundation and its role in strengthening parliaments in the African, Eastern European and Middle East countries, as well as supporting civil society institutions.

Dr Al Mantheri and his delegation, later on met with the Chairman of New Generation group, Oliver Blake at the Anglo–Omani Society.

Oliver Blake delivered a presentation on the New Generation Group that was established in 2011 to work within the Society. Its aim was to maintain the historical friendship between Britain and the Sultanate and instill awareness among the new generation, the significance of these relations for the two friendly countries through creating a solid platform for the exchange of cultural and expertise in all fields. He noted that the Group carries out many activities such as seminars and regular meetings throughout the year, which provides opportunities for the development of bilateral relations between the two countries to push the cooperation to a broader perspective.

Future plans

Following this, the Council Chairman and his delegation met with Lord Geoffrey James Dear, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, Lord Richard Napier Luce and Baroness D’Souza during which the Omani society’s achievements were reviewed along with the future plans of the society.

The meeting was attended by the delegation including Hon Sayyid Dr Said Sultan Hamood Al Busaidi, Hon. Eng. Naashiah Saud Mohamed Al Kharoosi, Hon. Yahya Rasheed Rashid Al Juma’a and Hon. Saleh bin Mohamed Al Zakwani and Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Zahir Al Hinai, Sultanate’s Ambassador to the UK.

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