Saudi Arabia, Arab countries and global leaders mourn death of Oman’s Sultan Qaboos

Saudi Arabia, Arab countries and global leaders mourn death of Oman’s Sultan Qaboos
Omanis carrying the coffin of their late leader Sultan Qaboos at the Grand Mosque in the capital Muscat. (AFP)
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Updated 12 January 2020

Saudi Arabia, Arab countries and global leaders mourn death of Oman’s Sultan Qaboos

Saudi Arabia, Arab countries and global leaders mourn death of Oman’s Sultan Qaboos
  • UAE president commended on the leadership of Sultan Qaboos
  • Kuwaiti Emir called him a brother and a friend

DUBAI: King Salman and the Crown Prince expressed their “sorrow” over the death of Oman’s Sultan Qaboos, state news agency SPA said on Saturday.

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The Kingdom’s royals said “Saudis share the sorrows of the Sultanate of Oman and its people.”


The UAE’s ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan also mourned the death of the Sultan and commended him for his dedication to serving the Omani people, state news agency WAM said.

“We express our sincere condolences to the Omani royal family and the people of the sisterly Sultanate of Oman on the death of the great late Sultan Qaboos, we express our full confidence that the people of Oman and its leadership will continue his blessed march serving the causes of the nation and advance the Arab joint action,” WAM quoted Al-Nahyan.


The Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah also sent a message of condolences to Haitham bin Tariq Al-Said – the newly appointed sultan.

Al-Sabah described Sultan Qaboos as a brother, friend and a leader who dedicated his life to the causes of Arab and Islamic countries.


Iraqi President Barham Saleh paid tribute to the late sultan's "moderation and wisdom and the ability to control differences in the interest of the development and progress of our countries and region".


"With loss of Sultan Qaboos, the Arab world loses a man of dialogue, wisdom and peace," Lebanon's President Michel Aoun wrote on Twitter, paying tribute to "a brother and a friend to Lebanon". Qaboos "always worked towards Arab unity and the strengthening of (Arab) solidarity -- in the face of the challenges that threaten our countries and peoples," he added.


"We have lost a wise leader in my brother His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman," said a statement from King Abdullah II of Jordan on Twitter. He paid tribute to his role "defending Arab and Islamic causes".


Qaboos was "a constant supporter of Arab and Islamic issues in various situations, and the pioneer of Oman's renaissance", wrote Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.


"Our Arab and Islamic nation lost today, a leader and leader of its finest men," said Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. Qaboos "devoted his life to serving his country and people and the issues of the Arab and Islamic nations with wisdom and balance," he added.


Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on Twitter, saying Qaboos “was a visionary leader… who transformed Oman.” 


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a statement Saturday expressing his deep sorrow at the death of Sultan Qaboos, the statement said the death of the sultan, a leader with wisdom and insight, is a great loss to not only the people of Oman but also the international community.

He made great contributions to peace and stability in the Middle East, earning deep respect from other countries, Abe also said.

The Japanese leader is set to visit Oman on Tuesday during his five-day Middle East trip from Saturday.


US President Donald Trump called Qaboos a "friend to all" on Saturday while paying tribute to the late late sultan. Meanwhile, former US President George W. Bush said late leader Qaboos had been a "stable force in the Middle East."


UK's prime minister Boris Johnson said: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said, Sultan of Oman. He was an exceptionally wise and respected leader who will be missed enormously. He will be remembered for his devotion to the development of Oman into a stable and prosperous nation, and as the father of the nation who sought to improve the lives of the Omani people.”

The Prime Minister also offered his thoughts and prayers on the occasion of the Sultan’s passing.

“I had the pleasure of meeting His Majesty Sultan Qaboos and was struck by his commitment to peace and understanding between nations and between faiths. He leaves a profound legacy, not only in Oman but across the region too,” added Johnson. “The UK is a proud friend and enduring partner of Oman, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Omani people.”

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, also shared his "deep sadness" at the news of the sultan's passing on the official Kensington Palace Instagram account.


The Duke of Cambridge has sent the following message to the people of Oman following the death of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said: I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said. I was truly honoured to spend time with His Majesty during my visit to Oman last month. It was clear from all those I met that he will be remembered with great affection. His Majesty was unwavering in his commitment to improve the lives of his people, and in his resolve to work towards regional stability. I am thankful for His Majesty’s many years of friendship with my family and the UK. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the Omani people, and wish to send a personal message of friendship as Oman mourns the death of His Majesty.

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