Omani ambassador hosts a reception to mark 48th National Day of Oman

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: The ambassador of Sultanate of Oman to Pakistan, Sheikh Mohammad Omar Ahmed Al-Marhoon hosted a reception to celebrate 48th National Day of Oman in Islamabad. The ambassador along with senior diplomats of embassy warmly welcomed the distinguished guests on the occasion.  The participants greeted the host Ambassador Sheikh Mohammad Omar Ahmed Al-Marhoon on the historic day and prayed for the health and long life of the Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of Oman.

A large number of diplomats, parliamentarians, Oman nationals working in Pakistan, their families, Arab countries’ ambassadors and friends of Oman attended the event. Parliamentarians of the ruling party and Opposition benches also participated in the event. Business community, religious scholars and members of the civil society also attended the event.

Federal Minister for Defence Production Zubaida Jalal was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Former Interior Minister and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senator Rehman Malik, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia, Nawaf Said Ahmad Al-Malkiy, President of President of International Islamic University (IIUI) Dr Ahmed Yousif Ahmed Al Draiweesh, European and African countries’ envoys and high commissioners too were present on the occasion to greet the ambassador of Oman and his team.

Apart from Islamabad, the Oman national day was also celebrated in other countries of the world where Omani diplomatic missions are operating. In Oman the celebrations were on full swing as the people of Oman paid a rich tribute to their beloved ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said for his great leadership and visionary personality. Sultan Qaboos bin-Said transformed Oman into a land of opportunities and to become Oman as a world leader in economic prosperity and political stability.

In a recent report issued by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Oman has progressed four places, to be ranked 48th worldwide from its last year’s position of 52. In the last report, the sultanate was placed sixth in the Arab world. Out of the total of 189 countries, Oman has gained 0.821 points.

According to report Oman has achieved the fifth place in the Arab world and the 48th place worldwide in the Human Development Index 2018 issued by the United Nations, thus advancing four places globally and one in the region from last year’s rankings. The report stated that countries have made progress in rankings as a result of their economic development and achieving the highest levels of development in the fields of education, health and quality of life.

In the sub-indices, Oman registered 77.3 years in the life expectancy at birth; 13.9 in the expected years of schooling; 9.5 in the mean years of schooling, and US$36,290 in the gross national per capita income. Norway came first in the world followed by Switzerland, Australia, Ireland and Germany. Burundi, Chad, Southern Sudan, the Central African Republic and Niger were among the last five in the report, which this year focused on issues affecting human development in the present and future.

The sultanates of Oman and Pakistan have historic relations with each other, both shares a maritime boundary with each other. 30% of Omanis are of Balochi origin from Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, having settled in Oman over a hundred years ago. There are over 85,000 Pakistani immigrants resident in Oman.

Gwadar a game chamber project for Pakistan, which is now being developed as a part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was sold by Oman in 1958. It was integrated within Baluchistan in 1977 and became a full sub-division of the Gwadar District. The Pakistan-Oman Joint Investment Company promotes trade between Oman and Pakistan and both countries have very strong military to military relations.

The writer is editor of diplomatic news magazine, “The Fortress” he can be reached at arifqoreshi@gmail.com

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