UAE and Oman sign open-skies agreement to boost co-operation



Two days of meetings for the 15th session of the Joint UAE-Oman Higher Commission concluded in the Omani capital of Muscat yesterday.

The commission discussed issues related to boosting and developing co-operation in economic, trade, transport and telecommunications, housing and other fields of joint public and private sector co-ordindation.

Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who led the UAE team to the meetings, said relations with Oman had seen considerable development and growth in all domains.

He said he discussed with senior officials of the Sultanate of Oman aspects of  co-operation in all fields.

Sheikh Hamdan said the commission over the past years had made important and tangible achievements starting with the decision to use the identity card instead of the passport for movement of both countries’ citizens as well as the establishment of Oman and Emirates Investment Holding Company, and the start of work on the electricity grid link.

Also steps were taken to consolidate co-operation and co-ordination in all economic and other fields, said Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed.

In a concluding statement, the commission said it discussed issues related to co-operation and joint work in fields of economy, investment, trade exchange, customs, higher education, transport and telecommunications and protection of wildlife.

The two sides signed the open skies agreement, a memo of understanding on higher education and scientific research as well as a memorandum of understanding on trade in precious stones and metals, weights and standards and another memo on illegal trade in wildlife. (Wam)
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