Muscat, The 7th International Conference on the
Omani-British Relations during the 17th to the 19th centuries and the
accompanying documentary exhibition began today. The conference is
organised by the National Records and Archives Authority (NRAA).
The conference was inaugurated by Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq
al-Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture, in the presence of ministers,
officials, researchers, interested persons and specialists in the fields of
history and culture.
The conference is held within the framework of according the
greatest attention to the historical and cultural aspects and the
international relations binding the Sultanate with the countries of the
world. The conference will continue until 10 October.
The conference is attended by academics, researchers and
intellectuals from more than 12 countries, including Britain, Iraq,
Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Sudan, Kuwait, Bahrain, and the
Sultanate. They discuss 43 working papers in three themes addressing
historical, political, economic and cultural aspects.
Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed al-Dhoyani, Chairman of NRAA said
that 7th conference is devoted to the Omani-British relations since the
seventeenth century to the nineteenth century. He added that NRAA
has been holding scientific, intellectual and historical conferences
within and outside the country to highlight the cultural and historical
aspects of Oman and its ancient history.
Alastair Burt, British Secretary of State for the Middle East
spoke at the ceremony about the Omani-British relations, noting that
they are strong, solid and deep-rooted.
He also highlighted some common points of action between the
two countries, such as the Swift Sword 3 exercise and strategic
partnerships, in addition to partnerships in the field of education and
the agreements concluded between the two countries, which in turn
are conducive to the consolidation of the relationship between the two
The ceremony included the inauguration a book entitled “History
of the Omani-British Relations” authored by Ambassador Ling and
Ambassador Alliston, former ambassadors of Britain to the Sultanate.
They emphasised the durability of this relationship, which began in the
seventeenth century, based on evidence through records and
documents. The authors highlighted the past five decades through
their personal experience as former British ambassadors to the
The ceremony also included two documentaries, the first was
themed “Omani-British Relations”. It dealt with the historical relations
between the two friendly countries, which span over centuries. The
second documentary was entitled “National Memory”. It tells about
NRAA, highlights its fields of specialty, its role in preserving the cultural
heritage, the purpose of its creation, which is to preserve the national
memory of the country as a main resource for researchers and
beneficiaries, as well as the beginning of its work towards the
construction of a new modern system for the management of
documents and archives in government agencies and the
implementation of the international certified standards.
The documentary exhibition contains more than 150
documents and a collection of pictures, magazines, stamps and coins
that depict the strong relations between Oman and Britain, in addition
to the presentation of maps for commercial and exploratory routes, and
the Omani coasts and maps of cities.
The exhibition also includes photographs of official visits
between the Sultanate of Oman and Britain, as well as a number of
images that reflect the two countries’ relations in the developmental
aspects, friendly meetings, visits and fraternal meetings.
The documentary exhibition also highlights historical articles in
the international newspapers that wrote about Oman and Zanzibar, its
Sultans and social life, as well as listing the diplomatic and friendly
relations, agreements and treaties between the two countries.
The exhibition consists of several aspects including consular
relations, agreements, treaties, commercial relations, maritime affairs,
Oman and Zanzibar in the British press, health and education, visits,
diplomatic relations and politics.
Source: Oman News Agency