Singapore, Oman reaffirm bilateral ties

SINGAPORE - The leaders of Singapore and Oman have reaffirmed the excellent state of bilateral relations and discussed new ways to boost relations to the next level under the Oman-Singapore Enhanced Partnership.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam met Oman's Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yousuf Alawi Abdullah and Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi in Oman on May 18, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Mr Shanmugam also co-officiated the opening of the Wilayat Mirbat Independent Water and Power Plant (IWPP) with Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar, Sayyid Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Busaidi.

In his remarks at the event, Mr Shanmugam highlighted that Singapore valued Oman as a trusted partner in the region.

He added that the success of the IWPP would encourage Singapore's business community to look for opportunities in Oman and to use Oman as a springboard to the region beyond.

Mr Shanmugam also witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Temasek Polytechnic and the Omani Higher College of Technology on technical education, and a Joint Venture Agreement between Sembcorp Utilities and Takamul Investment Company to build, own and operate centralised utilities facilities at the Duqm Special Economic Zone.

Mr Shanmugam left Oman on Sunday night for the UAE.