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Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă’s official visit to the Sultanate of Oman

 

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila attended a Business Forum held in the context of the official visit to the Sultanate of Oman

 

On the occasion of the official visit to Muscat, in the Sultanate of Oman, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila attended on November 5, 2018, a business forum held in the Capital City of Oman. The event brought together members of the Muscat Cabinet, chairs of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Special Economic Zone Authority Duqm, the Public Investment Promotion and Export Development Authority, as well as 20 prestigious Omani companies interested in developing economic cooperation with partners in Romania.

At the beginning of the meeting, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila pointed out that, as a member state of the EU, Romania is interested in establishing strong commercial bridges between the European Union and the Arab Gulf states that will enjoy a robust foundation to expand bilateral relations.

The Head of the Executive presented the important investment opportunities offered by Romania, know-how in areas such as agriculture, tourism, transport, education, health, research and innovation and showed that Romania has an attractive business environment, improved by recent legislative changes, such as those in the law on public-private partnerships.

Prime Minister also voiced satisfaction with the latest positive developments in the relations between Romania and Oman, and the firm desire to foster dialogue on all levels of interest. In this context, Prime Minister referred to the need to develop economic relations between the two countries that will lead to visible results and increased trade volum.

Prime Minister underlined the need to promote an active and transparent dialogue between the business communities in the two countries, benefitting from the important support of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and in this respect, she thanked for the large presence of Oman's business community at this Forum.

 

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Opening of the Embassy of Romania in the Sultanate of Oman on the occasion of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila’s visit to Muscat

 

In the context of the official visit to the Sultanate of Oman, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila attended on Monday, November 5, 2018, the opening ceremony of the Embassy of Romania in Muscat. The opening of the diplomatic mission in the Sultanate of Oman represents a pragmatic materialisation of the actions carried out by the Romanian Government, based on the Programme for Government 2017 -2020, of strengthening the bilateral relations with the Gulf countries. Thus, the official visit of the Head of the Executive represented a twofold first in the Romania – Omar bilateral relations, opening of the first diplomatic mission of Romania in Oman occurs in the context of the first contact between Romania and the Sultanate of Oman, at the level of the two Governments’ leaderships, since the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the two states on May 1, 1974.

The opening ceremony was attended by the Ministers of Oman Cabinet, representatives of the local diplomatic corps, as well as members of the Romanian community in the Sultanate of Oman. The attending dignitaries underlined the importance of the moment for the bilateral relationship and its value as symbol of the Romanian side’s determination to have a permanent presence on the territory of Omar, expressing their firm belief that the dialogue between Romania and the Sultanate of Oman will get strengthened in the ensuing period, from both political, economic and sectorial viewpoint. In this respect, the meetings occasioned by the Romanian delegation’s visit were mentioned, they outlined the interest of both sides in the materialization of some sectorial cooperation projects.

At the same time, opening the diplomatic mission in Muscat around the 45th anniversary of uninterrupted diplomatic relations, in 2019, represents a concrete modality whereby the Romanian Government supports the Romanian community in the Sultanate of Oman, that is made up of about 300 persons.

 

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Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al-Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers of the Sultanate of Oman

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting with His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al-Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers of the Sultanate of Oman.

The two dignitaries assessed the stage of the bilateral relations and voiced their appreciation for the positive trend recorded in the last years, materialised including by the expansion of the legal framework between the two states. The Head of the Romanian Executive conveyed the commitment of the Government in Bucharest to strengthening and expanding cooperation in the fields of common interest for both parties. In context, she referred to concrete opportunities for sectoral collaboration, in such domains such as: agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, education, culture, health, research and innovation and showed that Romania has an attractive business environment, improved through recent legislative changes, such as the ones brought to the law on public-private partnership.

The Romanian Prime Minister expressed her firm belief that the opening of the Romanian Embassy in Muscat and the signing of the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Sultanate of Oman on the visa waiving for holders of diplomatic, special and service passports, on the occasion of her visit to Muscat, represent significant steps in deepening the bilateral political dialogue, which could lead to the expansion of the Romanian-Omani relations, in their entirety.

The Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers of the Sultanate of Oman mentioned the openness of the Omani authorities to work with Romanian counterparts in all areas of common interest. At the same time, the high-ranking Omani dignitary highlighted the existence of numerous opportunities for investment, which can be achieved in both directions of the bilateral relationship. His Highness emphasized the importance of cooperation at the level of the two Chambers of Commerce and Industry, as well as the exchange of experience between the Omani and Romanian companies. At the same time, His Highness suggested deepening exchanges of good practice in the field of public-private partnership. His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al-Said also showed interest in cooperation in education, given the acknowledged expertise of the Romanian side.

The two dignitaries also exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East, the Romanian Prime Minister appreciating the balanced position of the Sultanate of Oman in the regional dossiers. The Romanian official also stressed the importance of deepening the dialogue within the Gulf Cooperation Council, as an optimal way of identifying the solutions to the security challenges in the region. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also mentioned that Romania will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2019, a position from which our country will take action to deepen regional and bilateral cooperation.

The Romanian Prime Minister thanked His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al-Said for the welcome and conveyed to the high-ranking Omani dignitary the invitation to pay a visit in Bucharest. The meeting was followed by a working lunch hosted by His Highness, in honour of the Romanian dignitary, at Al Bustan Palace, in the presence of the Ministers of the Cabinet of Oman and 130 guests of the diplomatic corps accredited in Muscat.

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Prime Minister Viorica Dancila’s visit to the National Museum of the Sultanate of Oman, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and the Royal Opera of Muscat

 

In the context of the official visit to the Sultanate of Oman, during November 3-5, 2018, the Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, visited and signed the Books of Honour of the National Museum of the Sultanate of Oman, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and the Royal Opera of Muscat, emblematic monuments from the capital of the Oman state.

Established through a Royal Decree in 2013 and inaugurated on July 30, 2016, the National Museum of the Sultanate of Oman presents the history and tradition of the country, through the 7,000 exhibits, reunited in the 12 thematic galleries. Taking note of the historical track of the exhibits, which presents the evolution from the oldest human settlement in the Oman Peninsula, approximately 2 million years ago, until now, the Romanian Prime Minister expressed her deep respect for the history of the State of Oman and saluted the interactive way of presenting it. In context, the Head of the Romanian Executive mentioned the historical importance of 2018 for Romania that is to celebrate, on the1 st of December, 100 years since the Greater Union.

In the context of the visit to the Grand Mosque of Muscat, the Romanian Prime Minister appreciated the greatness of the edifice and stated that in Romania there is an important historical Muslim community, that enjoys full rights of freedom of worship and lives in harmony with the representatives of other religious denominations.

On the occasion of the visit to the Royal Opera of Muscat, the first opera from the Arabian Peninsula, the construction of which began in 2007, by order of His Majesty, the Sultan of Qaboos, the Romanian Prime Minister voiced her appreciation for the special architecture of the building, emblematic for the modern Oman style, reminding, in context, that Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu held a show in Muscat, on the stage of the same place of culture. Prime Minister voiced the interest of the Romanian state in being present in the Omani cultural life, within the military and traditional music festivals, organized and hosted annually by the Royal Opera.

At the end of the visit, Her Highness Sayyida Dr. Mona bint Fahad Al Said, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, offered a dinner in honour of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila.

 

 



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