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Bloomberg: Saudi Crown Prince is planning a rare visit to Oman

Saudi crown prince is planning a rare visit to the Sultanate of Oman

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud is planning his first trip to Oman in the coming weeks, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg, in another sign of developing relations between the two Gulf countries.

The expected visit will be the second for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud outside Saudi Arabia since the start of the Corona virus pandemic, after a short trip to a banker earlier this year.

The world’s largest oil exporter has always had good relations with the Sultanate of Oman, on the back of its friendly relations with Iran, but they have grown closer over the past year. That visit could be seen as a potential economic advantage for Oman, which is struggling to diversify its economy away from oil.

The death last year of the Omani Sultan, Qaboos bin Said, who ruled for five decades, provided an opportunity for change. The Sultan of Oman, Haitham bin Tariq, traveled to Saudi Arabia earlier this year on his first official trip abroad.

Omani officials have long worked to maintain delicate neutrality between the kingdom and its main adversary, Iran, in a hotspot.

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