(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The Oman-British treaty signed in 1800 states that the bond between the two countries will remain unshook till the end of time'
Taking inspiration from these words, two former British ambassadors to Oman have written a book on the history of relations between the two countries. Unshook Till the End of Time: A History of Relations Between Britain and Oman (1650-1970), published last year, was officially launched in Oman by its two authors, Robert Alston and Stuart Laing, at the British Embassy on Tuesday in the presence of H E Jamie Bowden, British Ambassador to the sultanate, and other dignitaries.
H E Bowden said, ''Two hundred and thirteen years have gone by (since the treaty was signed) and the relationship between the two countries has remained unshook'. I have absolute confidence that it will continue to be so for hundreds of years. I recommend the book to anyone interested in learning about the ties between the two countries.''
Laing, the British ambassador to Oman from 2002-05, said that the 1800 treaty stated that friendship between the two countries may remain unshook till the end of time, and till the sun and moon have finished their revolving careers'. ''I'm afraid we don't write our treaties in such poetic language any more.''
Alston, ambassador to Oman from 1986-90, said that since the main source of the book was British records, he hoped Omani historians will read the book and possibly write their own point of view. ''The main sources for the book are official documents going back to the time of the East Indian Company and the then government of London, in addition to memoirs by people in