Muscat: Oman’s Sultan Qaboos Bin Said thanked Omani citizens for their cooperation in making development programmes and plans a success, despite the unstable conditions being experienced by the world today.
That statement came after he presided over the Council of Ministers on Wednesday at Bait Al Barakah Palace.
Qaboos reviewed local, regional and international issues, reported Oman News Agency (ONA).
Qaboos expressed his satisfaction and appreciation for the continuous efforts exerted by the government, noting that these efforts helped achieve good rates in the comprehensive development march that caters both to economic and social dimensions and safeguards the level of basic services rendered to citizens, besides channeling investments to economic diversification projects.
He also commended efforts undertaken in the field of national manpower employment and generation of suitable jobs for citizens. In particular, he underscored the significance of qualifying citizens to take up jobs that offer them a decent life.
In his review of regional and international developments, he reaffirmed that the Sultanate will continue its benign endeavours to support efforts being exerted to foster understanding and dialogue aimed to resolve all issues in a manner that safeguards nations' ability to go ahead with their development and progress in secure and stable conditions.
At the end of the meeting, Qaboos touched on a variety of issues of concern to the homeland and citizens. Then, His Majesty gave his Royal directives to all institutions of the state to pursue their drive to achieve the desired goals.
Sultan Qaboos returned to Muscat on April 12, 2015, from Germany, where he had been undergoing periodical medical tests for certain conditions, which authorities said had been successfully treated.
Social media was abuzz with the sultan’s return, circulating news from Muscat International Airport, which went vira
Sultan Qaboos had undergone an eight-month medical treatment in Germany in July 2014. In his four decades as ruler, Sultan Qaboos has transformed the small oil exporter from a poverty-stricken backwater torn by dissent into a prosperous state, earning a reputation as a mediator seeking to ease periodic tensions between non-Arab Iran and Gulf Arab states.