Leaders Including Emir of Qatar, British PM Johnson Pay Respects in Oman After Sultan’s Death
Leaders including Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Britain’s Prince Charles, King of Bahrain, the Emir of Kuwait, and the Emir of Qatar traveled Sunday to Oman to meet the country’s new sultan, Sunday, January 12, named just a day earlier after the death of the nation’s longtime ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
READ MORE: Others in attendance included the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas and Tunisian President Kais Saied.
The country’s new sultan was named just a day earlier after the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
The president of Yemen’s internationally recognized government, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, also visited.
Sultan Haitham was Oman’s culture minister before being named as the successor to Sultan Qaboos, the Middle East’s longest-ruling monarch whose death was announced Saturday. He died at the age of 79 after years of an undisclosed illness.
Sultan Haitham, 66, has pledged to follow Sultan Qaboos’ example of promoting peace and dialogue in the Mideast. Oman has served as an interlocutor between Iran and the U.S., which are facing a level of unprecedented tensions. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif traveled to Muscat on Sunday as well to meet Sultan Haitham.
Oman sits on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula.