HE Ali Javed, Ambassador of Pakistan to Oman bid farewell to Air Vice Marshal Matar bin Ali Al-Obaidani, Commander Royal Air Force of Oman (CRAFO) and the accompanying delegation, at Seeb Airbase earlier today.

CRAFO, heading to Pakistan for a four-day bilateral visit, expressed keenness to executing the substantive visit schedule while observing that the outreach affords another valuable opportunity to not just further cooperation between the sisterly Air Forces but also augment overall scope of bilateral relations.

The visit comes within the scope of existing defense cooperation and at the invitation extended from Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chief of Air Staff of Pakistan Air Force, during his bilateral visit to Oman during September 8-10, 2018.

The period March 2018 – March 2019 marks the watershed in bilateral Parliamentary, Political and Defense relations witnessing an unprecedented growth and exchanges beginning with bilateral visits of Chief of Army Staff General Bajwa and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Abbasi in March and July 2018, whereas Air Chief Marshal Khan and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Hayat visited the Sultanate in September 2018 and February 2019, respectively.

Other substantive visits during the same period included Hon’ble Chairman Senate of Pakistan, coinciding with Sultanate’s national day (November 18-22, 2018) and Hon’ble Foreign Minister, who Co-Chaired 7th Joint Commission (January 29-31, 2019).

The “Pak-Oman Friendship Group” in the Senate of Pakistan consisting of Senators Mir Kabeer and Ashok Kumar undertook the ‘inaugural visit’ (March 17-21, 2019) followed with Minister for Religious Affairs Dr. Noor ul Haq Qadri (March 24-25), whose visit coincided with ‘Pakistan Day’ celebrations in Oman.

In addition to reviewing a ‘Guard of Honor’ and holding bilateral talks with his counterpart, Commander Royal Air Force of Oman shall convene separate meetings with the complete spectrum of Pakistan Armed Forces leadership namely Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Hayat, Chief of Army Staff General Bajwa and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Abbasi, to forge bilateral defense cooperation.

Pakistan Embassy – Muscat.
March 31, 2019.

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