Syria’s President al-Assad visits Oman, meets with Sultan

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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad visited Oman for a “work visit” and met with Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Said, state news agency SANA reported on Monday.

Oman's state news agency reported that Sultan Haitham received Assad upon his arrival at the airport.

The Omani Foreign Ministry tweeted that the Sultan extended anew his condolences and sincere sympathies to Assad and the Syrian people for the victims of the deadly earthquake that struck Syria and Turkey two weeks ago. The ministry added that the Sultan and Assad discussed regional and international issues, before holding a “private meeting”.

SANA reported that Assad thanked the Sultan for Oman's “balanced policies”, adding that “The region is now more than ever in need of Oman's role... to strengthen relations between Arab countries based on [the principles of] mutual respect and no interference in the affairs of other countries.”

The two discussed fraternal ties and areas of joint cooperation, agreeing to enhance bilateral collaboration in various sectors, SANA reported.

This visit is Assad's first trip abroad since the deadly earthquake which hit Syria on February 6.

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