Joint Statement by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission and the High Representative on the passing of Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman

Today we learnt with sadness of the passing of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said. We would like to express our deepest condolences to his family, to the people and to the Government of Oman.

Under His Majesty’s leadership, Oman embarked on an unprecedented era of reforms that improved the living standards for the Omani people. His vision steered a foreign policy that placed Oman among the European Union’s closest partners, in a region mired in conflict and gripped by tensions.

His Majesty’s sense of pragmatism and his unparalleled savoir-faire have distinguished Oman’s diplomacy for decades. His loss will be mourned for years to come.

The European Union will continue to work towards consolidating a strong and enduring partnership with the Sultanate of Oman and its people.