Salalah, The Sixth Session of the Omani-Bahraini Joint Committee

concluded today in the City of Salalah. The two-day session focused on the depth of the

existing historical relations between the Sultanate and the sisterly Kingdom of Bahrain and

the ties of brotherly relations under the guidance of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said

and King Hamad bin Isa al- Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Omani side was led by Yousef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for

Foreign Affairs, while the Bahraini side was led by Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed

al- Khalifa Foreign Minister of Bahrain.

Yousef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs expressed the

Sultanate’s appreciation for the presence of the Bahraini delegation on its soil, pointing out

that these joint meetings came in line with the directives of His Majesty the Sultan and the

King of Bahrain to organize joint efforts in all political, economic, cultural and scientific

fields, in addition to exchanging expertise and experiences to increase the common

interests of both countries and peoples, stressing that the agenda of the meetings came

full of topics and ideas aimed at raising the level of joint cooperation between the two

countries in all fields.

He stressed that the Omani-Bahraini relations are now at their peak and are a solid example

of brotherly relations based on the ties between the two brotherly peoples, the historical ties

of friendship, the bonds of brotherly love and the common interests and aspirations for a

brighter future and sustainable development.

He added “We in the Sultanate of Oman are always keen to cooperate and partner with our

brothers in the Kingdom of Bahrain, which at the same time is an important feedback to the

joint efforts within the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council, reaching the strategic

objectives set by the GCC leaders to achieve coherence and integration among the

countries and peoples of the region. “

Yousef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs said “Despite the

political differences and disagreements that the GCC is going through at the current stage,

we believe that whatever differences and disagreements between the brothers are, we are

confident that the GCC will remain a monument. We are convinced that all of us are

committed to the Cooperation Council, which has proved its ability to overcome difficulties

and challenges and has accomplished important achievements since the foundation of the

blessed march set by the leaders to achieve prosperity, stability and development for the

peoples of the GCC countries, which we cannot neglect or abandon.”

Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed al- Khalifa, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of

Bahrain, said: “I would like to express my great happiness in being present in the Sultanate

of Oman, this dear country, for which ,its wise leadership and people , we have a great

sense of love and appreciation, thanking you for the generous hospitality we have received

since our arrival and the delegation of the Kingdom of Bahrain to this good land, reflecting

the nobility and generosity of the people of the Sultanate of Oman and embodying our

close brotherly relations and history, goals and common destiny.’

He added that the meetings of the sixth session of the Omani / Bahraini Joint Committee

are an affirmation of the directives of King Hamad bin Isa al- Khalifa of the Kingdom of

Bahrain and His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and their keenness to develop bilateral

relations in all fields and reach the highest levels of coordination and cooperation for the

good of the two countries and the two brotherly peoples and to continue the successful

march of the Gulf Cooperation Council as a unique building made by the will of the wise

leaders who work on the prosperity and security and stability of our countries and peoples.”

The Bahraini Foreign Minister said that the good meetings in the framework of the Joint

Committee of the two countries will continue to review and evaluate the bilateral cooperation

process in all fields and to consider the possibility of opening new horizons to reach the

level of integration commensurate with the special and distinguished brotherly relations

between our two brotherly countries, in addition to boosting the joint coordination on all

issues and enables the two sides to face the challenges facing the region and require

intensification of the aspects of consultation to address them and the speed of dealing with

them, as well as containing their repercussions to maintain the security and stability of the

region and in support of our regional security, and the sovereignty and independence of our

States, and safeguard our national achievements.

He expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to the members of the joint committee of

the two sides for their efforts and their keenness to discuss everything that would enhance

cooperation between the two brotherly countries, especially the agreed memorandums of

understanding in the field of culture, tourism cooperation, civil retirement and executive

programs in the protection of the environment, climate affairs and the field of youth and

sports, in addition to the minutes of the meeting, which contains many areas of cooperation

between the two sides, Praying to the Almighty Allah to protect His Majesty the Sultan and

King of Bahrain, preserve the Sultanate and its people from all harms, perpetuate blessings

of welfare and success on the two countries, looking forward to the next year’s meeting

hosted by the Kingdom of Bahrain to continue the march of good and cooperation

development and activation to meet the aspirations of leaders and the aspirations of the two

brotherly peoples.

A joint statement was issued at the conclusion of the meetings, which read as follows:

“At the kind invitation of Yousef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign

Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed al- Khalifa,

Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, paid an official visit to the Sultanate of Oman

from September 3rd to 4th 2018.

In a spirit of cordiality and brotherhood, which embody the depth of the distinguished

historical relations between the Sultanate of Oman and the Kingdom of Bahrain and the

brotherly relations between them and their brotherly peoples under the guidance of His

Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and King Hamad bin Isa al- Khalifa of the Kingdom of

Bahrain. The Omani / Bahraini Joint Committee held its sixth session in Salalah, the

Sultanate of Oman, on Tuesday, September 4th 2018, under the chair of Yousef bin Alawi

bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman and Sheikh

Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed al- Khalifa, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain

with the participation of a number of senior officials of the two brotherly countries.

The two sides reviewed the bilateral cooperation relations between the two countries and

expressed their great satisfaction at the level they reached. They also stressed the

importance of moving forward to promote bilateral cooperation in all political, security,

economic, trade, industrial, judicial and development fields of cooperation, in addition to

education, media, labor force, civil services, social development and other fields, and

opening new horizons to achieve the aspirations of their leaders and the hopes and

aspirations of their two brotherly peoples.

The two sides also discussed the most important regional and international issues of

common concern and they had identical views on them.

Emphasizing the importance of continuing and enhancing cooperation between the two

brotherly countries, the two sides signed memoranda of understanding and executive

programs in the following areas:

– Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Heritage and Culture of the

Sultanate of Oman and the Bahrain Culture and Antiquities Authority in the Kingdom of

Bahrain in the cultural field.

– Memorandum of Understanding in the field of tourism cooperation between the

Government of the Sultanate of Oman represented by the Ministry of Tourism and the

Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain represented by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce

and Tourism.

– Memorandum of Understanding between the Civil Service Employees Pension Fund

(CSEPF) and the General Organization of Social Insurance in the Kingdom of Bahrain in the

field of civil retirement.

– Executive program between the Government of the Sultanate of Oman represented by the

Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs and the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain

represented by the Supreme Council for the Environment in the field of environmental

protection and climate affairs for the years (2018-2021).

– Executive program for cooperation in the fields of youth and sports between the

Government of the Sultanate of Oman represented by the Ministry of Sports Affairs and the

Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain represented by the Ministry of Youth and Sports

Affairs for the years (2018-2021).

At the conclusion of the sixth session of the Omani-Bahrain Joint Committee, Yousef bin

Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs and Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed

bin Mohammed al- Khalifa, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, signed the minutes

of the meeting and a number of agreements, memorand of understanding and executive

programs between the two sides to enhance economic , commercial and tourist

cooperation, as well as social communication between the two brotherly countries.

Source: Oman News Agency