(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Oman and UK have said that the focus of bilateral cooperation will be trade, defence and security, education and culture. This was announced recently in a joint statement by Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood al Busaidi, secretary general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) with Hugh Robertson, UK Minister of State for MENA Affairs at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
"We discussed cooperation between Oman and the UK in the fields of training, culture and museums, especially those related to the National Museum project," Sayyid Badr said.
"The relation is going on based on the priorities specified for different specialisations," he added.
Robertson said, "Britain and Oman have a historic and deep relationship and as we move forward what we want to do is to broaden that relationship and extend it to the next generations.'' According to him, trade, defence and security and education and culture ''will be the areas that we will be concentrating in the coming months and years''. He added, ''We are really grateful for the role that Oman has played in improving relations between the West and Iran.''
Commenting on the electronic visa waiver system introduced for Omanis travelling to the UK, Sayyid Badr said, ''This is a process that we had been working on for quite long. It is still in the initial stages. No doubt, the system may face some technical problems, but I believe that the British side is doing well in implementing the system.''
Along with this, the British Embassy launched a visa centre at Muscat Grand Mall on March 20. Sayyid Badr said that a new system to facilitate study of Omani students in the UK will be introduced soon. He added that UK currently has over 1,500 Omani students, most of them on government scholarshi