19 January 2013 09:35

NICOSIA - Oman welcomes countries that can help the Arab nation develop further its infrastructure, Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah said yesterday after talks in Nicosia with his Cypriot counterpart. 
“We have all the desire to further take our relations forward and there are a number of areas in which we can work together,” he said.
“Oman welcomes the business community (of Cyprus) and countries that can help the country enhance its infrastructure,” he added.
He did not refer to any specific project but underlined that they look forward to future ‘possible activity’.
The one-day official visit here by the Omani minister was at the invitation of his counterpart Erato Kozakou Marcoulli with whom he also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Bilateral Political Consultations.
Describing the visit as a milestone in bilateral relations, Marcoulli said the MoU marked the beginning of a new era in relations between the two countries.
She also said: “We consider the opening of the Cyprus Embassy in Muscat, as one very important step, and Cyprus looks forward to the reciprocal opening of an Omani embassy in Nicosia.”
And she added: “Our aim is to consolidate and deepen these relations, and in this regard, we both agreed that it is important to promote exchanges of visits, at all levels, and also to conclude a number of important bilateral agreements.”
The two also discussed the exploration of natural gas reserves within the Economic Exclusive Zone of Cyprus, the explosive situation in Syria and the Middle East Peace Process.


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