Late Sultan Qaboos - Reuters
CAIRO - 11 January 2020: The Arab and international world mourned the death of Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said who passed away on Friday Jan 10 at the age of 79.
After announcing his death, the Omani Defense Council immediately announced, in its first measure, that Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said assumed the position of the new Sultan of Oman.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi offered his condolences to the Omani people for the death of Sultan Qboos, praising his supportive role in the regional and Arab issues. Sisi declared a three-day mourning for the death of Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
Meanwhile, Al Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed el Tayyeb and Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Saint Mark Diocese offered their condolences over the death of Sultan Qaboos.
Tawadros praised efforts exerted by late Sultan Qaboos to achieve a great revival of Oman, highlighting the Arab leader's wisdom in leading Oman, which was appreciated by the Arab nation and the entire world.
He extended his heartfelt condolences to the Omani people and royal family, wishing them success in continuing the late ruler's march in serving the nation's issues and enhancing joint Arab action.
Meanwhile, Egypt's Mufti Shawqi Allam extended deepest condolences to Oman, its leadership and people over the death of Sultan Qaboos.
Arab League (AL) Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit also expressed condolences to the Arab and Islamic peoples over the death of Sultan Qaboos. He praised a key role played by the late ruler in achieving an Arab renaissance and keeping his country away from regional conflicts.
Qaboos has been largely respected and appreciated by Arab and international leaders, Abul Gheit added.
Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has mourned the death of Sultan Qaboos, paid homage to late Sultan Qaboos, who he said spent a life full of achievements in serving his people as well as the Arab and Islamic nations.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud expressed sincere condolences to the royal family and people of the Sultanate of Oman as well as to the Arab and Muslim nation on the death of Sultan Qaboos, whose reign was full of accomplishments.
Also, President of the UAE Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan mourned with great sorrow the death of Sultan Qaboos.
"As we express our sincere condolences to the Omani royal family and the people of the sisterly Sultanate of Oman on the death of the great late Sultan Qaboos, we express our full confidence that the people of Oman and its leadership will continue his blessed march serving the causes of the nation and advance the Arab joint action."
The UAE President has also ordered a three-day mourning, starting Saturday, and that the UAE national flag be flown at half-mast at all government departments across the country and at all embassies and diplomatic missions of the UAE overseas.
The Jordanian King Abdullah II and the Hashemite Court offered its deep condolences over the death of Sultan Qaboos. The Jordanian King declared a three-day period of mourning across the country.
Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al-Sabah sent a cable of condolences to new Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tariq bin to mourn Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.
Sheikh Sabah said that the world as well as the Gulf, Arab and Muslim nations had lost a very important figure and leader who dedicated his life to the issues of Arab and Muslim countries.
Sheikh Sabah commended the achievements of Oman during the reign of Sultan Qaboos, hailing Oman's supportive stance towards Kuwait.
Meanwhile, Kuwait's Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah and Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al Khaled al Hamad al Sabah sent similar cables to Sultan Haitham bin
The US Embassy in Muscat offered its condolences in its twitter account, saying that the late Sultan’s “steadfast leadership embodied his sincerity, his generosity, his tolerance, and his deep love for his country” and adding that he “will be missed.”
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement he is deeply saddened to hear about the death of Sultan Qaboos.
“I had the pleasure of meeting His Majesty Sultan Qaboos and was struck by his commitment to peace and understanding between nations and between faiths,” Boris said in his statement. “He leaves a profound legacy, not only in Oman but across the region too.”
Former US President George W. Bush released a statement saying he is saddened by the news and that the late Sultan Qaboos had been a stable force in the Middle East.
“He had a vision for a modern, prosperous and peaceful Oman,” Bush said in the statement. “And, he willed that vision into a reality.”