Recent signs point toward strengthened relations between Iraq and the Sultanate of Oman.
Mohammed Said Al Sahhaf, Iraqi Foreign Minister, praised the strengthening of his nation's relations with the Gulf State.
The Iraqi Minister conveyed that the government and people of Iraq "appreciated the constructive stances by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and the Omani people regarding the sufferings of the Iraqi people which resulted from the (UN) sanctions."
The Minister called for strengthened ties between the two nations, claiming that more visiting delegations were needed on both sides, Oman Times reported.
Demonstrating its solidarity to Iraq, Oman recently asked the UN Security Council last week to lift economic sanctions imposed against Iraq ten years ago.
Oman's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Youssef ben Alaoui said, "The general situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate as a result of the economic embargo imposed for the last ten years.”
The conservative Gulf Sultanate of Oman has maintained solid relations with Iraq even during the Gulf crisis.
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