It has been 34 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Brunei Darussalam and the Sultanate of Oman. Throughout this period, the two countries have witnessed steady growth in bilateral relations, highlighted by fruitful cooperation in various fields. His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed bin Hashil Al-Maskari, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sultanate of Oman made the remarks at a reception held in conjunction with the 48th National Day of the Sultanate of Oman. The function was held last night at the Empire Hotel and Country Club in Jerudong.

Representing the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, Minister of Education. His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed in his speech highlighted the role of the Sultanate of Oman in preserving and promoting the Arabic language as well as its efforts to enable non-native speakers to learn the language. His Excellency added that for the past five years, the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman has coordinated with local authorities to contribute to the dissemination of the Arabic language in Brunei. Among the outcomes of these efforts were provisions four annual scholarships for Bruneian students to study Arabic language at the Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic to Non-Native speakers, and launching three Omani Publications Corners at the libraries of three local Universities as well as contributing over 230 copies of Arabic Language Curriculum textbooks to the country's Arabic schools.

Source: Radio Television Brunei