It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Sultanate of Oman's Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website that was designed to introduce to the visitor the Sultanate's most distinctive foreign policies and priorities on crucial regional and international issues and at the same acquaint the visitor with information that has a direct bearing on the Ministry's functions.
The Sultanate of Oman's foreign policy is derived from a strategic vision that His Majesty the Sultan placed, based on "Supporting causes that are fair and right, strengthening the close bonds of brotherhood and friendship and contributing to the consolidation of international peace and security. We are certain that setting up peace and maintaining it in the world are two crucial elements that will benefit humankind. It will not be possible to preserve peace if it is not based on firmly established principles of justice and understanding among all nations".
Omani diplomacy in this context has emerged with a clearly defined strategy, taking into consideration, in the first place, domestic, regional and international given facts. Secondly, the ever changing global priorities and circumstances. Thirdly, the Sultanate's geo-strategic location, in the Gulf overlooking the Strait of Hormuz, important for international trade, and finally the Sultanate's rich historic legacy.
The Sultanate has aspired to consolidate its international relations by pursuing an open-minded policy with the world in harmony in its essence with Omani culture which is characterized by its distinctive tolerance and optimism with others on the basis of mutual respect and consideration for geo-strategic realities and avoidance of convulsive and temporary ideological positions.
We hope that this website will provide a wealth of information for all its visitors...
Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah
Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs