RAMALLAH, President Mahmoud Abbas today mourned Oman's Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, who died last night.

"Our Arab and Islamic nation lost today one of its finest leaders who devoted his life to serving his country, people and the issues of the Arab and Islamic nations with wisdom and constancy, said President Abbas in a statement, praising the progress in all fields achieved by the Sultanate during his reign.

The President expressed his and the Palestinian people's deepest sorrow for his death, affirming that Palestine stands by the Sultanate of Oman and its brotherly people in these difficult circumstances.

He also declared a three-day official period of mourning.

Qaboos' cousin, Haitham Bin Tariq, was sworn in as the new Sultan of Oman. Sultan Qaboos ruled the country since 1970.

Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency