Sheikh Mohamed was welcomed by Sultan Haitham, upon his arrival at the Royal Private Airport in Muscat. Image Credit: Oman News Agency/Twitter

Muscat: President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived in Muscat on Tuesday, marking the start of his two-day state visit to the Sultanate of Oman, in response to an invitation by Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, the Sultan of Oman.

Fighter aircraft of the Royal Air Force of Oman escorted the plane of Sheikh Mohamed as it entered the airspace of the Sultanate in celebration of his arrival.

Sheikh Mohamed said that the longstanding ties between the UAE and Oman are characterised by a shared social and cultural fabric based on deep bonds of brotherly relations between the two nations.

The national anthems of the UAE and Oman were performed by a military band, and Sheikh Mohamed and Sultan Haitham inspected the Guard of Honour.

Leaders hold talks

The two leaders exchanged friendly talks, discussing the deep-rooted and longstanding bonds that the two countries and their people share.

During the meeting on the first day of the UAE President’s state visit to the Sultanate of Oman, the two leaders spoke of the historical bonds between the two nations and discussed ways to strengthen these relations further.

Sultan Haitham welcomed His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and the UAE delegation, conveying his pleasure at their visit and his pride in the close ties that Oman and the UAE enjoy.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed thanked Sultan Haitham for the warm welcome extended to him and the UAE delegation and expressed his best wishes to the Sultan and the people of Oman.

Sheikh Mohamed and Sultan Haitham discussed opportunities for building upon the growing economic ties between the UAE and Oman and areas where the two nations can increase collaboration, including the investment, financial, industrial and cultural sectors.

Their talks centred around the two leaders’ shared vision for a secure and stable region that promotes sustainable development and supports a thriving economy where people can realise their full potential.

After the official talks, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and Sultan Haitham bin Tariq held a one-on-one session.

Present at the official meeting from the UAE side were Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council; Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court; Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council; Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Advisor for Special Affairs at the Presidential Court; Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure; Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar, Minister of State; Dr Anwar Gargash, Diplomatic Adviser to the UAE President; Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for National Security; Jabr Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Minister of State at the Presidential Court; Mohamed Sultan Al Suwaidi, UAE Ambassador to Oman; Mohamed Hassan Alsuwaidi, Chief Executive Officer at ADQ; and Major General Khalifa Rashid Juma Al Hamli, the President's Aide-de-Camp.

From the Omani side, the meeting was attended by Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers in the Sultanate of Oman; Sayyid Asa’ad bin Tariq Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs and Personal Representative of His Majesty the Sultan; Sayyed Shihab bin Tarek Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for Defense Affairs; Sayyed Fatik bin Fahr Al-Said, Special Envoy of His Majesty the Sultan; Sayyid Theyazin bin Haitham al Said, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth; Sayyed Khalid bin Hilal al Busaidi, Minister of Diwan of Royal Court (Head of the Honor Mission); General Sultan bin Mohammed al Numani, Minister of the Royal Office; Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidi, Minister of Interior; Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al-Busaidi, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Sultan bin Salim Al Habsi, Minister of Finance; Dr. Hamad bin Said Al Aufi, Head of the Private Office of His Majesty the Sultan; Said bin Hamoud Al Maawali, Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology; Salim bin Nasser Al Aufi, Minister of Energy and Minerals; and Dr. Ahmed bin Hilal Al Busaidi, Oman’s Ambassador to the UAE.