British study hails late Sultan Qaboos’ foreign policy

Muscat, 7 February, 2020 –

A British academic paper has hailed the Sultanate of Oman’s foreign policy of maintaining politically neutral stance to ensure peace and stability in the region.

The study paper issued by the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London is upbeat on the Sultanate carrying forward the policy of late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

New ruler His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik Bin Taimour reiterated no change in the state’s foreign policy at the start of his reign.

Oman occupies an important strategic position in the world, the study says. Study authors hail Sultan Qaboos role in preserving neutral position and mediating between western countries and the countries in the Middle East during his long reign of 50 years.

Sultan Qaboos’ neutral policy enabled the Sultanate to build relationships based on amity and respect with different countries of the world. This helped the Sultanate to mark its deserved place in regional and international organisations, including the United Nations and the Arab League. The late Sultan’s’s wise leadership helped mitigate the severity of many problems that could have destabilised the region, the study says. It highlights the Sultanate’s role as a mediator between Iran and the West as well as between parties involved the Palestinian issue.

Oman remained neutral, as it played a significant role during the negotiations between Iran and the United States and the European Union when it hosted the 2011 negotiations which led to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

Oman also hosted early talks between the NATO and Afghanistan, China and Pakistan about the future of negotiations with Taliban, said the study.