In a statement by Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri's press office this evening, it indicated that PM Hariri sent the new Sultan of Oman, Haitham bin Tariq al-Said, a condolences letter following the passing of Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed.

In his letter of condolences, Hariri wrote:

"With the passing of late Sultan Qaboos, our nation loses a unique historical figure who devoted his life to the advancement of the Sultanate of Oman and making it a beacon of civilization, culture and modernity in the Arab Gulf.

In my personal name and in the name of the Lebanese government, I extend to your Majesty and to the brotherly Omani people my heartfelt condolences, asking God Almighty to bless the great deceased with his mercy and help you to lead Oman and continue the path of stability and peace."

Source: National News Agency