Pompeo commends Sultan Qaboos’ positive change in Sultanate, region

WASHINGTON, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday that Sultan Qaboos bin Said had made a positive change in his country and the region over fifty years of his rule.

“His rule over the last half century has resulted in lasting and positive change in the Sultanate and the entire Middle East region,” he said in a statement.

Pompeo hailed Sultan Qaboos as a “revered leader and a friend to all nations”.

He added that the United States deeply valued the late Omani Sultan’s strong partnership in promoting regional stability and security.

Offering sincere condolences on the death of the Sultan Qaboos, the US secretary of state said his vision and determination shaped Oman into the prosperous and modern state it is today.

Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a statement: “We learn with deep sadness of the passing of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman, a respected friend and partner of the United States.” “We join countless nations of the world to mourn the monumental loss of true advocate for peace and stability in the Middle East for close to a half century…often offering his hand in mediation and friendship,” he said.

Esper added that under the late Sultan’s steady leadership, Oman and its Royal Forces worked closely with U.S. forces to counter terrorism, ensure the freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz and promote regional stability and security.

He voiced gratitude for the late Sultan’s strong commitment to regional security, vowing to honor his legacy through continued strong defense partnership with Oman.

Source: Kuwait News Agency