Melbourne, 6 August 2022 (TDI): The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Oman, Sayyid Badr Al-Busaidi, met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, Tim Watts, on Friday.

During the meeting, both ministers reviewed bilateral relations and cooperation between Oman and Australia.

Furthermore, existing cooperation in various fields between the two sides was also reconsidered. Both sides were interested and keen to enhance various aspects of bilateral cooperation.

The ministers reviewed the potential available for both countries to strengthen their cooperation to enhance their economic relations and bring benefits to common people.

The meeting was also attended by Dr. Hamoud bin Amer Al-Wardi, Consul General of the Sultanate of Oman in Australia, and several officials from both sides.

Remarks by Australian Deputy Foreign Minister

Tim Watts stressed Oman being a valuable partner in the Indian Ocean for Australia. Both sides talked about a range of UN issues.

Furthermore, the two sides talked about education, agriculture, and renewable energy cooperation.

Foreign Minister visit to Consulate General of Oman in Australia

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Oman visited the headquarters of the Consulate General of the Sultanate of Oman on Friday.

He met with the Consul General of the Sultanate of Oman in Australia and members of the mission.

During the meeting with the officials, he reviewed the work progress of the Consulate General. The conditions of Omani students and nationals in Australia were also checked.

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Australia – Oman Diplomatic Relations

Australia and Oman established diplomatic relations in 1981. The relationship between both states is cooperative and friendly.

As co-founders of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Australia and Oman work closely together to advance cooperation on various Indian Ocean rim regional issues, including fisheries and maritime security and safety.

The strongest link between both countries is Education. There are 561 Omani students enrolled at Australian institutions in 2021.

There are eight formal agreements between Australian and Omani universities to facilitate student and academic exchange and research collaboration.

This includes the establishment of the Sultan of Oman Endowed Chair in Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne.

People-to-people links are further enhanced by an association of alumni of Australian universities active in Oman, the Oman students’ association in Melbourne, and the Australian Business Group in Oman.