Political Approach Continuation of “Active Neutrality“

Many political and academic elites praised the internal and external policy pursued by the late Sultan, Qaboos bin Said, during his reign in the Sultanate. The smooth transition of power demonstrates that there is a mature experience in dealing with the authority, besides the achievement that Oman have reached today . Academics and politicians pointed out that the late Sultan - may his soul rest in peace - was wise in terms of dealing with different issues in the region, able to make Oman a fundamental, effective, and influential country among other international entities. A university professor described the period of the late Sultan as a distinct experience in a turbulent Arab world, and an extreme development if we compared the current situation of the country with the situation before 1970. In terms of education field as a necessity in developing any country, Oman does include universities that emulate other international universities.

Based on these facts and the incidents that have occurred lately, academics indicated that Omanis are aware enough, realistic, and they are able to face future challenges. In the other hand, due to the smoothness of power transition, political experts expected the Sultanate of Oman to follow in the footsteps of the late Sultan, in its foreign policy. On Saturday, the Diwan of the Royal Court of Oman mourned His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, who passed away, on Friday, 10 January, 2020, after nearly 50 years as the Sultan of Oman. His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq insisted in his first speech the continuation of the external constants of his predecessor, especially contributing to resolving differences and supporting the Gulf cooperation agendas. Accordingly, no doubt that the current policy will be an extension of the late Sultan’s policy, who created a "neutral" state that had served as a "the grey area" for the region's parties for about 5 decades.

Article by:
Attifa Al Maskari

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