“Since the establishment of our diplomatic ties in 1984, our relationship has flourished through high-level visits and agreements in different fields,” said Ambassador of Oman to Brunei Darussalam Erma Said Mohamed Al Kathiry during a reception to mark Oman’s 53rd National Day at Berkshire Hall at the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club, Jerudong yesterday.
The ambassador added, “Cultural exchange has been an important aspect of our relations, with regular participation in book fairs and Arabic language-oriented programmes. We have worked to deepen understanding through scholarships and inviting students to explore Oman’s rich heritage. Education remains a strong pillar, with scholarships offered to Bruneian students to study in Oman and vice versa.”
The ambassador also highlighted improvement in economic cooperation that covers multiple sectors such as oil, gas, finance, and agriculture.
The establishment of the Brunei-Oman Joint Committee Meeting in 2009 has been instrumental in driving economic collaboration, resulting in successful joint ventures, she said, adding that “Progress in the energy and defence sectors has been stable, with professionals exchanging expertise and armed forces engaging in defence courses and programmes. Our aspirations extend beyond politics, touching on key areas like industries, tourism, technology, and the environment”.
The ambassador also said, “We recently witnessed the success of the 21st bilateral meeting between our foreign ministries, which holds great promise for further boosting bilateral relations in diverse fields.
“These achievements are evidence to the outstanding leadership of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik.”
Meanwhile, Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Muhammad Juanda bin Haji Abdul Rashid, represented the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam at the event. The reception also saw a screening of several documentary films – SEZAD at port of Duqm, Oman Across Age Museum, Omani Halwa and Oman Frankincense. – Adib Noor