Hariri in Oman Pay Respects after Sultan's death

King meets with Oman Sultan Haitham, condoles death of Qaboos

King meets with Oman Sultan Haitham, condoles death of Qaboos

Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri offered his condolences on Tuesday to Sultan of Oman, Haitham bin Tareq over the death of long-reigning Sultan Qaboos, his media office said.

The foreign minister was received by Pakistan Ambassador to Muscat Ahsan Wagan and other officials of Omani Foreign Ministry at the airport.

Haitham bin Tariq, Oman's culture minister and the 65-year-old cousin of late Sultan Qaboos, was named as the new royal ruler. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Sayyid Haitham on taking over as Sultan of Oman.

"During his reign, Oman made ideal development", FM said and added that the country lost a honest leader and Pakistan lost a trusted friend.

"I heartily congratulate HM Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al Said on taking over as Sultan of Oman".

The foreign minister added in the coming days the relations between Oman and Pakistan will become even better.

Tensions between Iran and U.S. have spiked in recent weeks after the USA killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad.

In the high-stakes Iran nuclear crisis, Oman played a discreet role in the dialogue between Tehran and Washington, leading to the 2015 deal involving Western powers, which three years later was unilaterally abandoned by US President Donald Trump.

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