Sunday, 9 May 2021
Oman and Belarus are looking for mutual liberalisation of visa regime by offering visa-free travel for ordinary passport holders.

Sultanate, Belarus appear at liberalisation of visa regime for ordinary passport holders

Sultanate also opened the Omani Center for Arabic Language and Culture at the Belarusian State University final week.

The landlocked Eastern European nation presently provides Omanis the proper to a visa-totally free entry for a 5-day keep.

The liberalisation of visa regime problem was discussed at the fifth round of political consultations in between the ministries of Foreign Affairs of Oman and Belarus, which have been hosted in Minsk final week.

On the identical day, the heads of delegations took component in the opening ceremony of the Omani Center for Arabic Language and Culture at the Belarusian State University.

The Omani delegation was led by Acting Undersecretary for Diplomatic Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H E Mohammed al Hassan, whilst the Belarusian side was headed by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andrei Dapkiunas.

The bilateral consultations in between Oman and Belarus at the level of Deputy Foreign Ministers have been held given that 2008. “Today they have become the main effective mechanism of the Belarusian-Omani inter-state dialogue,” stated the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) of the Republic of Belarus.

“During the consultations, the parties discussed prospects for further mutual liberalisation of the visa regime up to complete abolition of visas for holders of ordinary passports,” stated MoFA, Belarus.

The sides also discussed topical problems on the bilateral agenda, existing state and prospects for improvement of Oman-Belarus political dialogue at the highest level, as effectively as cooperation in the locations of education, science and culture, and prospects for expansion of the legal framework.

Special interest was paid to the improvement of trade relations, investment cooperation, exchange of visits of company delegations. “The sides noted the importance of wider and more aggressive marketing of Belarusian trade, technological and investment opportunities in Oman, and also discussed possible steps in this direction,” the Belarusian MoFA stated.

The plans to establish joint education centres have been set in motion in April 2016 when a Belarusian delegation headed by Education Minister Mikhail Zhuravkov visited Oman.
The delegation then had met H E Dr Rawiyah bint Saud al Busaidiyah, Minister of Higher Education, to go over instruction of Omani specialists in Belarus with English as the medium of instruction. Special interest was paid to the proposal to set up a centre for Arabic language and culture at the Belarusian State University and a centre for Belarusian language and culture at an educational institution in Oman.

(With inputs from ONA)

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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