Muscat, 6 December 2021 (TDI): Saudi Arabia and Oman share historical and strong brotherly ties. Their relationship is characterized by the background of multicultural roots and a common civilization. Those factors solidify their friendship. Therefore, on July 11, Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik made his first overseas trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Saudi Arabia, Oman: Discussion and priorities

During the gathering, they discussed the Yemeni civil war and the steps forward to strengthen economic and investment cooperation. Besides, under the May protests in Oman regarding unemployment and austerity, the countries signed different agreements. All of them related to commerce, culture, transport, among others. In addition, both heads of state agreed upon the establishment of a joint council for further arrangements. 

Therefore, to continue speaking on the remaining issues, Prince Mohammed bin Salman will travel to Oman respecting the traditional relations of his state with the Sultanate to “fulfill the aspirations of both nations for a prosperous future”. Considering what Ayham Kamel, head of the MENA team in the Eurasia Group said after the July meeting, “there has been a lot of work behind the scenes to try to build the foundations for something much more meaningful between the Saudis and the Omanis”. So the Sultan of Oman, who recently assumed power, is “learning from the KSA about Gulf affairs,” he said.

Finally, it is important to note that the news came from the official statement of the Royal Court of Oman that mentioned that the Crown Prince, the Deputy Prime Minister, and the Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia will pay a visit to the Sultanate of Oman starting today. It is expected that the Heads of States strengthen their ties, also taking into account the past Gulf Crisis with Lebanon, and future prospects.