Saturday, 23 Jan 2021
The Ministry of Heritage and Culture (MHC), represented by the National Records and Archives Authority (NRAA), started a conference titled, ‘Omani-British Relations from 17th to 19th century’ at Kempinski Hotel Muscat on Monday.

Conference on Omani-British relations starts

The 3-day conference is getting held below the patronage H H Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture.

As numerous as 43 lecturers from 12 nations are presenting papers at this conference.

The participating nations consist of Oman, Britain, Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, Tunisia, Bahrain and Kuwait. The conference will examine themes from the political, historical, financial and cultural fields.

An exhibition also was opened on the sidelines of the conference which will be held till October 12. The exhibition consists of a lot more than 150 documents displaying the bilateral connection of the two nations.

The exhibition has on show a lot more than 150 documents, images, magazines, stamps and coins that depict the powerful relations among Oman and Britain. In addition, a presentation of maps for industrial and exploratory routes, and the Omani coasts and maps of cities are also on show.

The exhibition also consists of photographs of official visits. These visits reflect the ties and how the two have created with every other.

There are also historical articles published in international newspapers which speak about Oman and Zanzibar, its sultans and social life, as nicely as listings of the diplomatic and friendly relations, agreements and treaties among the two nations.

H E Dr Hamad bin Mohammed al Dhoyani, chairman, NRAA, mentioned the conference is aimed at exploring the deep-rooted cultural and historical interactions with globe nations, and their political, financial social and cultural impacts on communities.

He added that NRAA has been holding scientific, intellectual and historical conferences inside and outdoors the nation to highlight the cultural and historical elements of Oman and its wealthy history.

Alastair Burt, British Secretary of State for the Middle East also spoke at the ceremony on the Omani-British relations.

He highlighted some typical points of action among the two nations, such as the Swift Sword three military physical exercise.

The ceremony also integrated the inauguration of a book titled, History of the Omani-British Relations authored by Ling and Alliston, former ambassadors of Britain to the sultanate. They emphasised the durability of this connection, which started in the 17th century, primarily based on proof via records and documents.

The authors highlighted the previous 5 decades via their individual encounter as former British ambassadors to the sultanate.

The ceremony also integrated two documentaries the initial was themed, ‘Omani-British Relations’.

It dealt with the historical relations among the two friendly nations, which spanned more than centuries. The second documentary was titled, ‘National Memory’.

Since 1970, the connection among the two nations was at its highest levels. The go to of Queen Elizabeth II to the sultanate was a confirmation of the strengthening of these relations, followed by the go to of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to London in 1982 to strengthen the relations among the two friendly nations.

Meanwhile, the go to of the British Queen to the sultanate in 2010 on the 40th National Day was the crowning moment of the longstanding relations.

The visits also resulted in a series of joint perform agreements in a quantity of fields.

The financial relations among the two sides culminated in the biggest gas project in the sultanate signed with BP for the Khazzan gas field project. It was preceded by other oil agreements, which raised the Omani gas reserves.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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