Muscat, Yousef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister

Responsible for Foreign Affairs will pay an official visit to the People’s

Republic of China during 14 and 15 May 2018, said Ali bin Mohammed

al-Mahri, Head of Media Affairs Sector at the Foreign Ministry during a

press conference held at the Ministry’s premises today.

He affirmed that the visit comes within the framework of the

historic relations binding the Sultanate and the friendly People’s

Republic of China and stemming from the joint keenness to enhance

cooperation and coordination to develop the economic, commercial and

investment avenues between the two friendly countries. China, which

has important joint interests, plays a highly esteemed role in promoting

peace and stability in the Middle East and the world.

The Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs will be

accompanied by an official delegation comprising officials from the

Foreign Ministry, the Central Bank of Oman (CBO) and the State

General Reserve Fund (SGRF). He will meet with Chinese officials to

discuss avenues of the bilateral cooperation between the two friendly

countries and how to enhance and develop them.

During the visit, invitation will be forwarded to the People’s

Republic of China to play an active role in the development projects in

the Sultanate especially the economic diversification projects. The

Sultanate is also interested in enhancing economic and investment

relations with the People’s Republic of China.

“The Omani-Sino relations are historic and there are great investment

and economic interests. Besides being the biggest importer of Omani

crude oil, China is an important economic and trade partner for the

Sultanate. There are also a number of Chinese ventures in the

Sultanate,” al-Mahri added.

“The Omani-Chinese Joint Committee plays an important role in

enhancing economic and trade relations between the two parties to

increase the number of joint ventures. There is multi-party cooperation

with China in many areas, such as ports in Tanzania, Bagamoyo and

Turkey as well,” he furthered.

“There is a common desire to enhance and develop this cooperation

and increase the joint interests especially in the field of investment and

creating joint economic and investment partnerships as part of the

economic diversification plans approved by the Sultanate,” he

continued.

He also noted that these projects are connected to the

economic diversification plans and other development projects. Some

of these projects are also included in the Tanfeedh program at logistic,

mining, industry and tourism fields. There are no restrictions for all

countries active in pursuing available investment opportunities, such as

China, Japan and Korea. These countries can benefit from the lucrative

available business opportunities.

“China has good relations and many growing interests with the

countries of the region. China is a partner at number of key economic

and investment projects. The revival of the One Belt One Road initiative

enhances this trend and create great interests for China, the region

and the world. The Sultanate is a member of the new Silk Road

project and a member of the Asian Bank for Investment in

Infrastructure,” he continued.

He pointed out that China, which is a permanent member of the

UN Security Council, contributes to maintaining international peace

and security. The political talks with China will cover the regional issues

in a bid to address the problems and alleviate the tension, which in

turn will achieve peace, security and stability in the region.

“During the visit and as part of the Sultanate’s endeavours to create a

diplomatic atmosphere that facilitate reaching solutions and political

detente, the two sides will discuss a range of issues including the

Iranian nuclear file especially China has great interests in the region

and nearby regions and also plays an important role at the

consultations within the UN or other regional blocs,” the Head of Media

Affairs Sector at the Foreign Ministry concluded.

Source: Oman News Agency