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Significant milestone in ties between Singapore, Oman
OMAN'S 45th national day also marks a significant point in its relations with Singapore and there were events marking the occasion throughout the year. Earlier in the year, Singapore's Consulate-General hosted a reception in Oman's capital of Muscat to mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The reception was sponsored by Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamoud al Busaidi, secretary-general of Oman's Foreign Ministry in the presence of Masagos Zulkifli, Singapore's then Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr Masagos praised the progress of bilateral relations in all fields over the last 30 years, and highlighted the investment opportunities between the two countries that will be boosted by the free trade agreement signed between the GCC countries and Singapore.
He also visited Duqm Port and Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and noted the investment opportunities available there, adding that he would encourage Singapore businessmen to take advantage of these.
Mr Sayyid Badr al Busaidi, meanwhile, stressed the deep historical and cultural relations between the two countries which have witnessed a significant push forward in recent times. Among tangible examples of this is the direct air route by Oman Air to Singapore, which he hoped would boost bilateral relations between the two countries, particularly in the economic, trade and tourism areas.
He pointed to the possibility of using the Duqm SEZ as the main import processing zone for Singapore exports in the region while Singapore could be used as a base for Oman's exports to South-east Asia.
Yet another event held to commemorate the good relations between the two countries was the one-week long Beautiful Oman photography exhibition held at Orchard Central in October.