NO lexeme is sufficient to describe the warmth and uniqueness of friendship that exists between Pakistan and Oman. The fact of the matter is that this is not a just traditional relationship or ties based on trade figures, but this is far beyond that, much deeper than that. The reason simply is that peoples of both the countries have historic bonds.
The same empathy was witnessed during the recent visit of a ten member Omani Parliamentary delegation led by its Chairman Majles Al Shura Sheikh Khalid Bin Al Maawali which during its stay in Islamabad held wide ranging and extensive talks with the country’s top leadership on a host of issues including regional peace and security as well as economic cooperation. Certainly these people to people contacts and parliamentary exchanges are very important to give further impetus to the relationship and explore new avenues of cooperation that are a win-win for the two countries. Given the geographical proximity, there is a great scope of economic cooperation and trade between the two friendly countries and we have no doubt in saying that under the sagacious and visionary leadership of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, this relationship will gain further strength and substance to the mutual advantage of our two peoples. The people of Pakistan see Sultan Qaboos Bin Said with great respect and admiration for the way he transformed Oman into a truly magnificent and modern country with a strong economic base. Undoubtedly, it is under his Majesty’s wise and sagacious leadership that Oman has emerged as an oasis of peace and a progressive country. Pakistan indeed has so much to learn from the success story of Oman and its innovative approaches, and it can be done by reinvigorating exchanges and contacts at different levels including the political and parliamentary. There is also a need to transform the historical linkages between the two countries into a strong economic partnership and Gwadar port provides a strong base for it – a gateway to Muscat to access the Central Asian States. We are confident that the top leadership of both the countries will work towards that end to reap the benefits of connectivity.