New Delhi, Jan 13 : Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will lead Indian delegation to Muscat to pay homage to Sultan of the Sultanate of Oman, Sultan of the Sultanate of Oman, who breathed his last on January 10.
"Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Hon’ble Minister of Minority Affairs is leading the Government of India delegation to Muscat on 14 January 2020 to pay our sincere and heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Government and People of India," an MEA statement said here on Monday. The Minister will be also carrying a message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to His Majesty Sultan Sayyed Haitham bin Tariq bin Taimur Al-Said, Sultan of Sultanate of Oman, the statement said.
"With profound sorrow, the Government and People of India have received the sad news of the demise of His Majesty Sultan of the Sultanate of Oman. In the passing away of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the world has suffered an irreparable loss of a visionary leader and statesman who not only led his nation towards remarkable progress and prosperity but also was a beacon of peace for our region and the world," the MEA said.
India has maintained 'close and friendly relations" with Oman under the leadership of Sultan Qaboos. He was a true friend and well-wisher of India in guiding and elevating bilateral engagements to the strategic level for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries. Born on November 18, 1940, the Sultan died on January 10, 2020.
Prime Minister Modi on Saturday expressed grief over the passing away of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said. "I am deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said. He was a visionary leader and statesman who transformed Oman into a modern and prosperous nation.
He was a beacon of peace for our region and the world," the Prime Minister has tweeted. The government has announced that the National Flag will be flown at half mast throughout India on the day of mourning (Monday) and there will be no official entertainment on the day. (UNI)