Muscat: The Turkish Embassy in Muscat yesterday organised a photography exhibition in the city to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the proclamation of the Turkish Republic and 40th anniversary of the establishment of its diplomatic relations with the Sultanate of Oman.
The exhibition, titled 'A journey to a historical fraternity and beauties of Turkey,' which opened at the Bait Al Zubair Museum, was inaugurated by His Excellency Mohammed Al Zubair, Adviser to His Majesty for Economic Planning Affairs, in the presence of the ambassadors of other countries, guests and dignitaries.
Addressing the gathering, Kerem A Kiratli, ambassador of Turkey, said that the historical relations between Oman and his country have been "privileged and solid, based on fraternity, cooperation, respect and common interest in not only bilateral dealings, but also managing the affairs and events in the region. It has indeed been a relationship of solidarity of alliance.
Since the 16th century, the Ottomans and the Omanis have reached out to each other for rendering assistance at definitive moments in history when a friendly helping hand was most needed. Piri Reis, the worldwide-known Turkish sailor and commander, helped Oman to liberate Muscat and the Al Jalai Fort from the Portuguese occupation in 1552. In 1775, the Omani Navy helped the Ottomans in the liberation of Basra from the Persians," he said.
Kerem A Kiratli said that in the course of the development of the deep-rooted relations, the Republic of Turkey became one of the first countries that established diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level with the Sultanate on June 18, 1973. The diplomatic relations between the two countries gained momentum with the opening of the embassies in 1985 in Ankara and in 1986 in Muscat, he said.