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Sultan of Oman wraps up two-day visit to Saudi Arabia

Sultan Haitham and Saudi Arabia's King Salman discussed bilateral relations as well as the war in Yemen and Iran's nuclear program.
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The Sultan of Oman finished an official visit to Saudi Arabia on Monday.

Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said arrived in Saudi Arabia on Sunday with a large delegation for a two-day visit following an invitation from Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The two rulers discussed ways to further enhance Oman-Saudi relations, according to the official Oman News Agency. They also discussed regional affairs including the Saudi cease-fire proposal in Yemen and Iran’s nuclear energy and missile programs.

“They also stressed the importance of cooperation and dealing in a serious and effective manner with the Iranian nuclear and missile issue with all its components in a way that contributes to realizing regional and international security and stability,” the two Gulf states said in a joint statement.

The sultan also met with Saudi Arabia’s controversial Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the futuristic city of NEOM, according to the official Saudi Press Agency, and with numerous Saudi officials from the military, religious and health sectors.

Haitham ascended to the throne last year following the death of his cousin Sultan Qaboos, who led the country for several decades. The Saudi visit was his first foreign trip as sultan.

Correction: July 14, 2021. An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Sultan Haitham as the son of Sultan Qaboos, rather than his cousin.

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