Sultan Haitham and King Salman hold talks in NEOM during Saudi Arabia visit
RIYADH: Sultan Haitham bin Tariq and King Salman held talks on Sunday in NEOM during the Omani leader''''''''s official visit to Saudi Arabia.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received Sultan Haitham on his arrival at NEOM Bay Airport.
The king welcomed Sultan Haitham and his delegation, while the sultan expressed his happiness to visit the Kingdom and meet King Salman.
The leaders then held an official session of talks during which they reviewed “the historical and well-established fraternal relations” between their countries, and discussed prospects for joint cooperation in various fields.
The talks were held in the presence of Prince Mohammed and attended by Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif and Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan.
The Omani Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al-Busaidi also attended the meeting.
The king then hosted a luncheon in honor of Sultan Haitham and his delegation.
King Salman awarded Sultan Haitham with the Order of King Abdul Aziz whilst the sultan awarded the king with the Order of Al-Said, the highest order of Oman.
The king and sultan witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on establishing the Saudi-Omani Coordination Council.
Immediately after Sultan Haitham disembarked the plane, the Saudi Hawks aerobatic team gave an air show in which the colors of the Omani flag were painted in the sky, and the Saudi artillery fired 21 rounds to welcome his arrival.
An official reception ceremony was held where the national anthems of the two countries were played.
The sultan’s visit “to the Kingdom and his meeting with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques establishes a new milestone in the historic and deep rooted Saudi-Omani relationship, which will deepen cooperation and create prosperity for both peoples,” said Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman.
The leader of Oman began his journey from the sultanate to Saudi Arabia earlier on Sunday for his two-day visit to the Kingdom at the invitation of King Salman for wide-ranging talks.
“The visit comes within the framework of strengthening the historical and fraternal relations between the leaderships of the two countries,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said. “It also aims to expand the prospects of joint cooperation and ways to develop them in various fields for the interest and steady progress of the peoples of the two countries.”
SPA added that the visit is intended to “strengthen the deep historical bonds” between the two countries, “and to explore new areas of cooperation — particularly in the fields of trade, infrastructure and development.”
Sultan Haitham is being accompanied by senior ministers and diplomats, including Deputy Prime Minister for Defense Affairs Sayyid Shihab bin Tarik Al-Said, Interior Minister Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal Al-Busaidi.
During his visit, Prince Mohammed bin Salman accompanied Sultan Haitham on a tour of the NEOM Center for Knowledge Enrichment, where they reviewed the latest developments related to the NEOM project and its sectors.
Sultan Haitham was also briefed during the tour on developments of other major projects, including AlUla, Qiddiya, Amaala and the Red Sea.