Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Oman)

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Sultanate of Oman
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
وزارة الخارجية
National emblem of Oman.svg
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Oman and its diplomatic missions worldwide
Headquarters Muscat
Agency executives Qaboos bin Said al Said, Sultan, Prime Minister, and Minister of Defense, Foreign Affairs, and Finance
Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Arabic: وزارة الخارجية‎) is responsible for maintaining Oman's external relations and the management of its international diplomatic missions. The ministry is controlled by the country's Sultan and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Qaboos bin Said al Said, who also holds the titles of Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Minister of Finance.[1] Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, however, holds the post of "Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs" and has done so since 1997.[2]


Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet (left) meeting with State Minister for External Affairs of Oman Sayyid Badr bin Saud al Busaidi in Muscat, 2009

The ministry oversees Oman's affairs with foreign entities, including bilateral relations with individual nations and its representation in international organizations, including the Arab League, the United Nations, the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation and the Gulf Cooperation Council.[3] The ministry also holds responsibility for matters related to foreign trade, expatriates and citizenship, travel visas and the maintenance of the country's Diplomatic Institute.[4]


  1. ^ "Background Note: Oman". The Office of Electronic Information, Bureau of Public Affairs. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "HE Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah". FIKR Conferences. Arab Thought Foundation. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Foreign Policy". Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Oman. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Diplomatic Institute". Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Oman. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 

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Coordinates: 23°36′59″N 58°28′08″E / 23.616373°N 58.468809°E / 23.616373; 58.468809