Tuesday 14 January 2020 4:45 AM UTC
New Delhi Jan 14: Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will lead a delegation to Oman on Tuesday to convey India’s condolences over the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said, one of the longest-serving rulers in the Gulf region and a close friend of New Delhi.
India is observing a day of state mourning on Monday over the death of Sultan Qaboos. He died on Friday at age of 79.
Making the announcement of Mr Naqvi’s visit to Oman, the External Affairs Ministry said he will carry a message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sultan Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al Said, who was sworn in as successor of Sultan Qaboos.
The MEA described Sultan Qaboos as a “true friend and well-wisher” of India who was instrumental in guiding and elevating India-Oman engagements to the strategic level.
“Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Minister of Minority Affairs is leading the government of India delegation to Muscat on 14 January to pay our sincere and heartfelt condolences on behalf of the government and people of India,” the Ministry of External Affairs said.
Sultan Qaboos, who wrested power in 1970 and led Oman’s rapid growth and development, was widely respected globally for his vision for the Gulf region.
“In the passing away of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos the world has suffered an irreparable loss of a visionary leader and statesman who not only led his nation towards remarkable progress and prosperity but also was a beacon of peace for our region and the world,” the MEA said.
It said India maintained close and friendly relations with Oman under the leadership of Sultan Qaboos.
Earlier, PM Modi congratulated Sayyid Haitham on taking over as Sultan of Oman.
“I heartily congratulate HM Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al Said on taking over as Sultan of Oman. I am confident that under his leadership, Oman will continue to progress and prosper and contribute to global peace,” he tweeted.
“India has millennia old relations with Oman. We look forward to working hand in hand with HM Sayyid Haitham to further strengthen our strategic partnership,” PM Modi said.
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