EU to decide on Schengen visa waiver for Omanis in two weeks: official – News

The two countries enter into negotiations

Oman News Agency

By Oman News Agency

Published: Tue, Jun 7, 2022 7:03 PM

The European Union (EU) is expected to take a decision within two weeks on authorizing the Schengen visa waiver for Omani citizens.

At a press conference held at the Foreign Ministry in Muscat on Tuesday, Enrique Mora, Deputy Secretary General and Political Director of the European External Action Service (EEAS), said a decision would be made within two weeks. for the entry of the Sultanate of Oman into the course of negotiations relating to the Schengen visa exemption for Omani citizens.

The EU official underlined the “historic role” of the Sultanate of Oman and its efforts to solve many regional and international problems, in particular the Iranian nuclear file.

He said, “We look forward to supporting peace efforts together.”

He added that negotiations were underway with GCC countries regarding free trade, adding that the EU looked forward to strengthening cooperation with countries in the region in several areas, including maritime security, training, energy and technology.

Mora described Oman Vision 2040 as “ambitious” as it focuses on several themes and covers different aspects.

Mora explained that the EU is trying to find alternatives to supply liquefied gas and, in the long term, the EU is exploring prospects for cooperation in the field of green energy.

Addressing the press conference, Sheikh Khalifa Ali Al Harthy, Undersecretary for Diplomatic Affairs, said: “A European Union representative office will soon be opened in the Sultanate of Oman.”

Al Harthy reiterated that the Sultanate of Oman and EU countries enjoy growing relations.

He added that Oman welcomes the European partnership strategy with the GCC countries and looks forward to strengthening these relations in various fields.

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