MUSCAT — His Majesty Sultan Qaboos received, separately, at Hisn Ash’shumookh castle in the Wilayat of Manah yesterday the credentials of a seven new ambassadors of friendly countries accredited to the Sultanate.
His Majesty received the credentials of Ali Akbar Sebawyeh as the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Sultanate, Dr Neil Hawkins, as the Ambassador of Australia, Udaya Raj Pandey as the Ambassador of Nepal, Thomas MacDonald as the Ambassador of Canada, Fernando Manuel De Goveia Aradjo as the Ambassador of Portugal, Hassan Abdullah Ali as the Ambassador of Ethiopia, and Fadi Charcho Ghalian as the Ambassador of Armenia to the Sultanate.
During side meetings, the ambassadors conveyed greetings of the leaders of their respective countries, along with their best wishes of good health, happiness and a long life to His Majesty the Sultan. The leaders wished the Omani people continuous progress and prosperity under the wise leadership of His Majesty the Sultan.
The ambassadors said they were delighted to present their credentials before His Majesty, asserting that they would make their best to develop bilateral relations with Oman.
His Majesty the Sultan welcomed the ambassadors, assuring them of his support, as well as the support of the Omani government and people, to facilitate their missions.
His Majesty the Sultan thanked the leaders of their respective countries, namely President Dr Mahmoud Ahmedinejad of Iran, Quentin Bryce, Governor-General of Australia, President Ram Baran Yadav of Nepal, Prof David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, President Anibal Cavaco Silva of Portugal, President Girma Wolde Giorgis of Ethiopia and President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia.
The ceremony was attended by the Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court, the Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, the Head of Royal Protocols, the Commander of the Royal Guard of Oman and Military Aides to His Majesty the Sultan.