“We will continue to follow in the same course the late sultan adopted …”
New Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Bin Taimour
(See translation in Arabic section)
Muscat - M E Times Int'l: Thousands of citizens participated in the funeral of Oman’s late Sultan Qaboos Bin Said at the royal cemetery in the Wilayat of Bausher. Mourners were led by His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Bin Taimour, along with Royal Family members. The funeral was attended by ministers, advisers, military commanders, members of the State Council and members of Majlis Ash’shura and senior state officials, civilians, shaikhs, dignitaries and a large gathering of citizens. The funeral proceeded from Bait Al Barakah to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, passing by the Sultan Qaboos Street, as citizens and armed forces personnel lined the road. The funeral prayer was held at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. The late monarch’s body was shrouded by Sultanate’s flag.
The congregation was led by His Eminence Shaikh Ahmed bin Hamad al Khalili, Grand Mufti of the Sultanate. The worshippers pleaded to Allah to rest His Majesty’s soul in paradise in the company of the faithful. Saddened, citizens bid farewell to the leader of their blessed renaissance, which extended for about five decades full of great achievements which established solid pillars of security, stability and the foundations of the modern state.
HIS Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tareq bin Taimour was sworn in on Saturday, January 11, during a joint session of the Council of Oman and the Defence Council in implementation of the provision of Article (7) of the Basic Law of the State. After that, His Majesty Sultan Haitham received the best wishes of Royal Family members, ministers, advisers, military leaders and honourable members of the State Council and members the Majlis Ash’shura on his induction as Sultan of Oman.
The Royal Anthem was played while the artillery fired a 21-gun salute to His Majesty the Sultan.
His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq, while addressing the Council of Oman, said he will take all the efforts to maintain development and progress in the country. His Majesty was assured the support of the armed forces and security services in this regard and expressed pride in their great role in safeguarding the country’s achievements and gains.
His Majesty affirmed that the Sultanate will continue to build its relations with all countries based on the peacemaking policies of late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos.
“We will continue to follow in the same course the late sultan adopted … embracing foreign policies based on peaceful co-existence among peoples and countries without any interference in the domestic affairs of other states,” he said in a speech broadcast on state television.
While declaring that the Sultanate will continue its role as an active member in the United Nations and work to achieve international peace and security, His Majesty also assured that the Sultanate will continue to support the League of Arab States. He said that the Sultanate will also continue to support the Gulf Co-operation Council and to continuing pushing for resolving disputes by peaceful means and dialogue.
Know your new Sultan
His Majesty Haitham bin Tariq Al Taimur, who took over as the new head of state in Oman, is a prominent member of the royal family and a dynamic statesman.
A sports enthusiast, he was born on October 13, 1954 in Muscat, and is the cousin of the late Sultan Qaboos and is a prominent member of the ruling Al Said family. He held several positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including the Secretary-General, the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, and a Minister Plenipotentiary, for a period of 8 years (1986-1994).
He also assumed the presidency of the Omani Football Association from 1983-86, and chaired the organising committee of the second Asian Beach Games in Muscat.
“We will continue as always … contributing and calling for peaceful and amicable solutions for all disputes,” he added in his address while paying tribute to the late Sultan
World mourns Sultan Qaboos
LEBANON: Sultan Haitham received a cable of condolences from President of the Republic of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, expressed his great sorrow at the loss of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, "who was a brother and friend to Lebanon throughout its difficult stages and circumstances."
The President eulogized the late Sultan Qaboos "who served his country and his people for half a century, and who was a brother and friend to Lebanon...and supported its just causes and its stability, security and the aspirations of its people."
"With the passing of Sultan Qaboos, the Arab world has lost a man of dialogue, wisdom and peace…” Lebanon President General Michel Aoun.
"With the passing of Sultan Qaboos, the Arab world has lost a man of dialogue, wisdom and peace who has always worked for Arab reunification and strengthening its solidarity and immunity in the face of the challenges that threaten our countries and our peoples," Aoun added.
The President expressed the Lebanese people's heartfelt sympathy with their Omani brethren and blessed the Sultan with good health and determination in pursuing his national responsibilities in the service of the Sultanate of Oman and the prosperity of its people.
Flags of royal and government buildings were flown at half-mast in the United Kingdom in mourning of the death of late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Bin Taimour.
Several world leaders have offered their condolences.
In a statement, Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of UK, said: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, Sultan of Oman.
“He was an exceptionally wise and respected leader who will be missed enormously …” UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
He will be remembered for his devotion to the development of Oman into a stable and prosperous nation and as the father of the nation who sought to improve the lives of the Omani people. I had the pleasure of meeting His Majesty Sultan Qaboos and was struck by his commitment to peace and understanding between nations and between faiths. He leaves a profound legacy, not only in Oman but across the region too. “The UK is a proud friend and enduring partner of Oman, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Omani people.”
HH Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jabir al Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait, expressed his deep sadness and sincere condolences and sympathies.
Shaikh Sabah affirmed that he lost a dear brother and companion whom he bound with an outstanding personal relation characterised by respect and shared with burdens. Shaikh Sabah also affirmed that the world has lost one of the greatest men.
"The Sultanate lost a wise leader who devoted his life for the service of his homeland," HH Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jabir al Sabah, Amir Kuwait.
The Sultanate, GCC family, Arab and Islamic nations have lost a wise leader who devoted his life for the service of his homeland, subjects and issues of the Arab and Islamic nations. Shaikh Sabah hailed the comprehensive development accomplished by the Sultanate in various spheres under HM’s auspicious era.
In Abu Dhabi, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates ordered that the absentee funeral prayer for the late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, to be performed after Maghrib prayer in all mosques across the UAE.
Dr Abdul Latif bin Rashid al Zayani, GCC Secretary-General, expressed his sincere condolences and sympathy to the Royal Family of the Sultanate of Oman.
Dr Al Zayani said that His Majesty Sultan Qaboos was a courageous leader, loyal to Oman and its people.
He has led a development march wisely and prudently, with firm determination. He has harnessed his efforts to achieve an ambitious, development renaissance, so as that Oman has become an unique model in growth, building and civilised progress, as well as a distinguished example in the prestigious international position.
Dr Al Zayani affirmed that the His Majesty Sultan Qaboos loved his people sincerely.
In a statement to ONA, the GCC Secretary-General said that the Gulf Co-operation Council has lost one of its founding leaders of this blessed organisation.
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos had great contributions in supporting the GCC march, so that the Gulf Co-operation Council has become a firm edifice expressing the
deep and strong fraternal relations that gathered the GCC peoples across history.
He pointed out that the wise visions and prudent directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos to deepen GCC co-operation and integration, as well as providing protection to this blessed organisation, would remain clear in the historic record of the GCC march, and as an evidence for the wisdom and far-sighted vision of this brave leader who led his country in the toughest times and circumstances.
Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the Arab League, mourned with deep sadness to the Arab and Islamic nations the His Majesty Sultan Qaboos.
He expressed his deepest condolences to the Omani people for the loss of a man who has played a major role in the renaissance of the Sultanate in the modern era. He asserted that the Arab nation has lost a leader of a rare style. During his reign, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos pursued an independent path which spared his country many crises and conflicts that engulfed the region.
He pointed out that the late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos had clearly sided for modernisation and development. He has managed to transform the Sultanate qualitatively since he assumed power in 1970 to what it is today in terms of stability, prosperity and openness to the world.
He shared with the Omani people his sincere sadness on the passing away of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. He asserted that the late Sultan has played positive roles at the Arab diplomacy level.
He furthered that the late Sultan enjoyed a far-sighted, prudent vision in international and Arab affairs that earned him a great respect and appreciation at the world level.
Meanwhile, the Arab League’s Secretariat-General has declared a state of mourning and flying its flag at half-mast on the Arab nation loss.
His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tareq bin Taimour also received a cable of condolences from President Dr Bashar Al Assad of the Syrian Arab Republic who expressed his heartfelt condolences and that of the brotherly Syrian people on this great loss.
He also hailed the leadership of the late Sultan for the march of Oman’s renaissance and prosperity. The late Sultan has managed with wisdom to find a distinguished position among the Arab countries at the regional and international levels.
Sultan Haitham bin Tareq bin Taimour has received a cable of condolences from Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who expressed his deep sadness and sincere condolences and sympathies. He affirmed that His Majesty Sultan Qaboos has managed, since taking over reins of power, to build up a nation that combines between preserving customs, traditions and modernity.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “I am deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. He was a visionary leader and statesman who transformed Oman into a modern and prosperous nation. He was a beacon of peace for our region and the world. His Majesty Sultan Qaboos was a true friend of India and provided strong leadership for developing a vibrant strategic partnership between India and Oman. I will always cherish the warmth and affection I received from him. May his soul rest in peace.”
The Dutch Embassy in Oman said: “We would like to express our sincerest condolences to the Royal family, government and people of Oman on the sad demise of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. Throughout his 50 years of reign, he set an example of wisdom and leadership guiding the nation to an era of peace and prosperity.”
The Germany Embassy in Muscat said: “We are deeply saddened by the death of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. Our deepest condolences go to the family and the people of Oman. Under the wise leadership of His Majesty Oman transformed into a country of peace, tolerance, and prosperity. His Majesty was a true friend of Germany.”
Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said: “The death of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos was a “loss for the region” and expressed hopes that relations between the two nations will grow under his successor.
“We offer our dear neighbour Oman our condolences… (and) we congratulate it for its selection of His Majesty Haitham bin Tareq as Sultan, hoping our relations grow as they have before and that the future draws inspiration from the past.”
The US Embassy in Muscat, said: “We offer deepest condolences and sympathy to His Majesty’s family and to the people of the Sultanate of Oman. His steadfast leadership embodied his sincerity, his generosity, his tolerance, and his deep love for his country. His Majesty Sultan Qaboos will be missed not only by the people of Oman but also by his friends and admirers the world over, including in the United States.”
Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, said: “I extend our deepest condolences to people of Oman on the passing of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. He was a visionary and transformed Oman into a vibrant, modern state. Oman has lost a beloved leader and Pakistan a close, trusted friend. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has sent a message of condolence and sympathies.