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Dear Friends:

The American Middle East Institute expresses our deep sadness on the passing of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the long-time leader of Oman.

His Majesty was a valued friend to the United States, and indeed to all nations, and was a force for good in the Middle East, working tirelessly – and usually behind the scenes – to defuse tensions and bring about peace and understanding.

Over the years, our Institute has had the privilege to host many Omani Ministers as well as the Ambassador from Oman. All of these dignitaries invariably reflected the goodness and wisdom of their Sultan, who was a role model for everyone.

We extend our deepest condolences to the people of Oman and convey our best wishes to the new Sultan, HM Haitham bin Tariq al-Said.

Below are a few articles highlighting the exceptional work of His Majesty:

Oman’s Sultan Was a Valuable Friend to America by Judith Miller for The Wall Street Journal

Omani Sultan Qaboos, Who Ruled Oman For Half A Century, Dies At 79 by Colin Dwyer for NPR

Sincerely,

Simin Yazdgerdi Curtis
Honorary Consul of Oman in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
President & CEO, American Middle East Institute

 

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