Foreign Minister Maas issued the following statement today (11 January) on the death of the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said bin Taimur Al Said:
We mourn the loss of a great statesman. Sultan Qaboos bin Said bin Taimur Al Said led Oman into the modern age while preserving his country’s cultural heritage. The peaceful co‑existence of all peoples in the Middle East region was always a key priority for Sultan Qaboos, and one which he resolutely and sensitively worked to achieve. For that he deserves our great respect and appreciation.