Word of the Ambassador

On the 3rd of July 2014, I took my duties as Ambassador of France to the Sultanate of Oman. On this occasion I would like to express my feelings and my joy for being entrusted with this responsibility by the French authorities. I am very honored by this great mission that I will faithfully fulfill with the support of the entire team of the embassy.

I will work for the long-term bilateral relationship because France and the Sultanate of Oman maintain a confident and strong partnership rooted in history. The French West India Company created the first lasting ties between the two countries from 1660, friendship treaties were signed in 1807 and 1844 and a full-function consulate of France opened in Muscat in 1894, the first French ambassador was appointed in 1972. The matrix of this shared history was the Indian Ocean and maritime issues, as it was so nicely reminded by “Oman and the Sea”, the beautiful exhibition held at the Marine Museum in Paris from 16th
October 2013 to 5th January 2014.

This partnership must now be continued and expanded in various fields. Our will with the Omani authorities is to strengthen our political and strategic dialogue, and especially to increase the pace of high-level visits. Under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, Oman is a strategic and wise partner in the Gulf region and we wish to extend our politic exchanges to cover the situation in Asia, in the Indian Ocean, in Africa, along with the current challenges and conflicts of the Middle East.

Our economical and commercial relationship (our commercial trade is about 590 million euros per year) can also be developed with the full engagement of the Omani and French companies. Opportunities exist particularly in the fields of transport, energy, defense in order to establish balanced and mutually beneficial partnerships. I would like to emphasize here that France is ready to host on its territories more investments and more Omani tourists to visit our country, under the new policy of attractiveness launched by the French Government.

The scientific, cultural and technical cooperation also plays an important role in the French-Omani relations. It unfolds in heritage, archeology and museum, including the French-Omani Museum, Bait Fransa, but also in university cooperation, health and public administration.
New initiatives will be taken in these fields, and we should not forget the crucial role played by the French-Omani Centre, a common institution to the two Governments and by the French School in Muscat who will inaugurate its new premises by 2015.

Finally, I pay tribute to the 800 French citizens living in Oman, who are also ambassadors for our country and whose participation is vital to enhance our relationship a step further.

Oman combines the beauty of its natural heritage and its prestigious past to the elegance and

hospitality of its inhabitants. It is to all of us to bring together to the French-Omani friendship new fruits.

Roland DUBERTRAND

Dernière modification : 29/07/2014

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