57th Plenary Meeting - General Assembly 74th Session

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31-Jan-2020 00:38:14
Tribute to the memory of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said of the Sultanate of Oman

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The General Assembly paid tribute today to Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who led Oman for nearly half a century and passed away on 10 January at age 79, with Secretary-General António Guterres praising him as a leader who prioritized cooperation and multilateralism, earning the respect of his people and those far beyond.

“Today, we remember and pay homage to the many roads he built — the road of dialogue, the road of understanding, the road of peace,” Mr. Guterres said, noting that Sultan Qaboos led Oman to join the United Nations, the League of Arab States and the Gulf Cooperation Council. With leadership and commitment, he worked to shape Oman as an active, responsible member of the international family, and under his watch, Oman remained largely immune from the tensions of the region.

Indeed, Sultan Qaboos was well regarded for spreading messages of peace, understanding and coexistence far beyond his country’s borders, Mr. Guterres said, noting that Oman has consistently played a critical role in ensuring communication among disputing parties. Within his beloved country, his vision for Oman saw levels of education for women and men rise exponentially — with a manifold increase in schools, hospitals and roads.

Extending his best wishes to Sultan Haitham bin Tariq, who, while grieving the death of his cousin, has taken over the leadership of Oman, Mr. Guterres said he has every hope that Oman’s contributions to regional and international diplomacy will continue. He expressed the United Nations steadfast support for Oman’s continued efforts to promote peace and stability in the region.

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