Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides was received Thursday by Deputy Prime Minister of Oman Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood al Said, during the second day of his official visit to Oman.
During the meeting, Christodoulides and al Said, exchanged views on a wide range of issues, focusing on the prospects for further tightening of bilateral relations between the two countries and the positive role played by Cyprus and Oman in efforts to strengthen cooperation in the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Gulf.
According to a foreign ministry statement, Oman`s Deputy Prime Minister referred to the traditional friendship of the two countries, making special reference to the significant contribution of Cypriot companies to the construction of modern Oman infrastructure.
Christodoulides said that during his contacts in Muscat he found that there was political will on both sides to further deepen and broaden the already strong ties connecting the two countries. The two officials agreed to undertake specific actions, focusing on the areas of trade, tourism, education and cultural exchanges.
He also briefed the deputy prime minister on the latest developments on the Cyprus issue and discussed with him issues related to EU cooperation with Oman and more widely with the Gulf countries.
Earlier, Christodoulides had a meeting with the Minister of Higher Education of Oman Rawiyah bint Saud al Busaidiyah, where they signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between Cyprus and the Sultanate of Oman in the fields of Higher Education and Science for Mutual Recognition of Titles of studies. They also agreed on a visit by the Cypriot minister of education to Oman to head a delegation comprising representatives of Cyprus higher education institutions with the aim of increasing student flow from Oman to Cyprus.
Christodoulides also met with Minister of Defence of Oman Sayyid Badr bin Saud al Busaidi, with whom he had the opportunity to exchange views on security-related issues, including the security of energy sources in the wider Middle East and Gulf region as well as cooperation to address common challenges in this field, such as terrorism.
He returns to Cyprus on Friday morning.