MANILA — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the Philippines president, received yesterday Sayyid Badr bin Hamed bin Hamoud Al Busaidi, secretary-general of the Foreign Ministry who is on an official visit to the Philippines.

At the meeting, Sayyid Badr conveyed greetings of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said along with his best wishes to Gloria and the friendly people of the Philippines.
The Philippines president asked Sayyid Badr to convey her greetings and best wishes to His Majesty the Sultan.

Gloria later commended the existing friendly relations between her country and the Sultanate and the care and respect enjoyed by the Filipino workers.

She also appreciated the two countries’ keenness to boost bilateral relations in various fields. She also showed support for Oman Air’s intention to operate direct flights between Muscat and Manila and sign agreement on avoidance of double taxation, thus encouraging investments between the Sultanate and the Philippines.

The two sides also exchanged views that support international security and peace.

They also discussed the ways to achieve sustainable development. The meeting was attended by Alberto G. Romulo, Philippines foreign minister, Amable R. Aguiluz V, the special envoy of the Philippines president to the Gulf and the Middle East region, Ahmad Omar, ambassador of Philippines to the Sultanate and members of the accompanying delegation. (Times of Oman).




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