HM receives British PM


His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and British Prime Minister David Cameron review cooperation between the two countries in a number of spheres. Photograph by Mohammed Mustafa

Muscat: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said gave audience to British Prime Minister
David Cameron at Bait Al Baraka.

During the meeting, they reviewed the existing cooperation between Oman and Britain in a number of spheres for the joint interest of the people of the two countries.

The meeting was attended by Dr Omar bin Abdulmuneim Al Zawawi, special adviser to His Majesty the Sultan for External Liaison, ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Sultanate and the delegation accompanying the British prime minister.

Based on the directives of His Majesty the Sultan, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Sayyid  Badr bin Saud bin Hareb Al Busaidi, minister responsible for defence affairs, signed an agreement with the British company BAE Systems for the purchase of a number of Typhoon jet fighters for the Royal Air Force of Oman (Rafo). The agreement was signed on behalf of the BAE Systems by its Chief Executive Officer at Muaskar Al Murtafa'a.

The agreement comes as part of the Royal care and attention accorded by His Majesty to enhance the capabilities of the Royal Air Force of Oman.

The Typhoon jet is the fourth generation fighter and is equipped with latest avionics. It has a unique aerodynamic design that gives it greater manoeuvrability while taking off and landing. 

The signing ceremony was attended by Lt-Gen. Ahmed bin Harith Al Nabhani, Chief-of-Staff of the Sultan's Armed Forces (SAF), Air Vice-Marshal Matar bin Ali Al Obaidani, Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman and Mohammed bin Nasser Al Rasbi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Defence. From the British side, the meeting was attended by the UK ambassador to the Sultanate and a number of officials from the BAE Systems.

His Majesty hosted a luncheon in the honour of British prime minister at Bait Al Baraka. It was attended by a number of ministers and the delegation accompanying the guest.

His Majesty bade farewell to the guest after the conclusion of his visit to the Sultanate.

Cameron and his accompanying delegation was received at the airport by His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers; Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Hareb Al Busaidi, Minister responsible for Defence Affairs; Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, the British envoy to the Sultanate and members of the UK embassy.

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