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Belarus – Oman

Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Belarus and the Sultanate of Oman were established on July 23, 1992.

Since December 2013, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sultanate of Oman to the Republic of Belarus non-resident has been Yousef Issa Ali al-Zajali.

In October 2019, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to Egypt Sergei Terentiedv was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Sultanate of Oman non-resident.

Since 2007, Valery Varanko has been  Honorary Consul of the Sultanate of Oman to Belarus. And in January 2017, Qais Al-Yousef was appointed as  Honorary Consul of the Republic of Belarus to Oman.

In April 2007, President of the Republic of Belarus paid an official visit to the Sultanate of Oman.

Oman was visited by Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus (2010), Assistant to the President of Belarus for National Security (2010), Minister of Foreign Affairs (2004 and 2017), Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee (2008), Minister of Interior (2010), Minister of Commerce (2016), Minister of Education (2016), Minister of Culture (2018).

Recently, Belarus was visited by the Chairman of the State Council (Parliament) of Oman,  Minister of National Economy, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, Minister of Defense, State Minister and Governor of Muscat, Secretary General of the Research Council, Minister of Higher Education, Minister of Justice, Chairman of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Six rounds of Belarusian-Omani political consultations were held at the level of Deputy Foreign Ministers (2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2018 and 2019).

Inter-parliamentary interaction is developing. The Parliaments of Belarus and Oman signed a memorandum of understanding, work is ongoing between cooperation groups. Omani parliamentary group visited Belarus in 2015.

The legal framework for cooperation is being formed. The Sides signed agreements on trade and economic cooperation, mutual protection of investments, avoidance of double taxation, mutual cancellation of visas for holders of diplomatic, special and official passports; memoranda of understanding between the ministries of foreign affairs, justice, education, culture, chambers of commerce and industry, as well as an agreement on establishing friendly relations between Minsk and Muscat.

Belarus and Oman pay special attention to the development of trade and economic relations.

Dynamics of bilateral trade in goods
Republic of Belarus Oman

 

 

(million US dollars)

 

Year

Turnover

 Export

 Import

 Balance

2015

0,58

0,003

0,58

(-0,58)

2016

0,7

0,5

0,2

0,3

2017

4

3,5

0,5

3

2018 

2,3

1,8

0,5

1,3

2019 

3,46

2,2

1,25

0,96

2019 

in % to 2018

150,4

123

248,4

-

 

The main exports in 2019 were potash fertilizers, food products, tires, appliances and equipment.

The Belarusian-Omani Council for Business Cooperation is working.
In April 2019, Omani businessmen and investors visited international exhibition TIBO-2019 in Minsk.

Cooperation in the field of education is developing dynamically. There is an exchange of visits by Ministers of Education, rectors of several universities, and internships for Belarusian students in Oman. In April 2018, the Oman Center for the Arabic Language and Culture was opened at the Belarusian State University.

In October 2010, the Days of Culture of the Sultanate of Oman were held in the Republic of Belarus, the Days of Culture of Belarus in Oman were held in March 2020.