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Delegation dispatched to honor Omani sultan

South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo will dispatch a delegation to pay their respects on the recent passing of Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said, according to Seoul’s Foreign Ministry on Monday.

Jeong will lead a nine-member delegation to Oman Monday through Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry said, which also includes Ambassador to Oman Kim Chang-kyu and the director general of international policy at the Defense Ministry, Lee Won-ik.

Sultan Qaboos died on Friday at the age of 79, after leading Oman for nearly half a century, during which it underwent significant modernization. His cousin, Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, was chosen to succeed him and was sworn in as the new sultan on Saturday.

Following South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s dispatch of a message of condolence to Oman on Sunday, First Vice Foreign Minister Cho Sei-young visited the Omani Embassy in Seoul on Monday to pay tribute to the deceased monarch.

Under Qaboos, relations between South Korea and Oman deepened, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry acknowledged, in particular with the signing of a long-term energy supply contract.

BY SHIM KYU-SEOK, YONHAP [shim.kyuseok@joongang.co.kr]

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