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Oman Pledges Support for the Belt and Road Initiative During Wang Visit

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EIRNS—Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his delegation concluded their official visit to Oman yesterday after a successful series of high-level meetings with several ministers in which the Sultanate pledged support to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Gulf News reported. Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi met in Muscat on March 29, signed a visa exemption agreement and agreed to coordinate in the context of the BRI and Oman’s 2040 Vision development program. They also agreed to promote bilateral investment and tourism exchange within the framework of the BRI.

According to Middle East Monitor (MEMO), Wang Yi also pointed out that bilateral exchanges dating back to the ancient Maritime Silk Road have already become a model for cultural exchanges between Chinese and Arab civilizations. Wang praised Oman’s pragmatic foreign policy and stressed that Beijing does not seek to interfere in the region’s affairs or participate in geopolitical rivalries. “We believe that Oman will play an exclusive role in regional peace and development,” he remarked..

The two foreign ministers announced that a monument to the famed Chinese Muslim admiral Zheng He is to be built in the city of Salalah. “This will be an expression of the symbolic significance of his visit to the Sultanate 600 years ago,” they pointed out. [rma/crr]