Merge 104.8 | 11 May 2022
His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik received Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, at Al Barakah Palace earlier today, and upon his arrival, the minister was received by the Head of the Protocol Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Dr. Khalid bin Saeed al Jaradi, as well as a number of officials in the ministry.
During the meeting, the minister began by conveying the greetings of Russian President Vladimir Putin to His Majesty the Sultan, and after that, he briefed the Sultan on Russia’s vision regarding the current crisis in Ukraine.
His Majesty the Sultan stressed the importance of adhering to the rules of international law when dealing with this conflict, and he called for efforts to try and reach political and diplomatic solutions through dialogue, in an effort to spare innocent lives, while still preserving the independence, sovereignty, and sound coexistence of both countries and peoples.
The two sides also held a press conference, and during the meeting, Oman’s Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al Busaidy called for all parties involved in the Ukraine conflict to exercise restraint in order to peacefully solve the issue, and avoid aggravating it.
Called for all parties involved in the Ukraine conflict to exercise restraint in order to peacefully solve the issue, and avoid aggravating it. He also reiterated that the Sultanate supports all efforts that will help in the success of Iran’s nuclear deal negotiations, and he affirmed Oman’s commitment to the existing agreements with OPEC Plus. Finally, he said that Oman and Russia will sign an agreement to avoid double taxation, as well as another agreement on mutual visa exemptions for citizens of the two nations.
On his part, the Russian Foreign Minister said that Oman’s position on the Russia-Ukraine war was well-balanced, and he thanked the Sultanate for the role it played in the Syrian issue. He also affirmed to Oman that Russia deeply believes in the importance of having negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, to come to a comprehensive solution to the historical issue.