Remarks With Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah Before Their Meeting

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Davos, Switzerland
January 22, 2016

SECRETARY KERRY: This agreement which we’re going to sign is an agreement that will facilitate the development of technology and science between our countries. And I want to begin by just saying, first of all, that Oman has played and the sultan of Oman personally played a very constructive role in helping us to complete the Iran implementation agreement – in fact, in helping us to have the agreement – and we negotiated several times in Oman and we’re very grateful for that support. But there are other challenges in the region which we will be talking about today – Syria, Yemen, and of course, the Middle East. But we’re very grateful, and Yusuf bin Alawi has been a good colleague and a good friend in this effort, and I’m very appreciative for that.

FOREIGN MINISTER BIN ALAWI: Thank you, John. As you said, this is an agreement which we will sign together to honor a few agreements we have with United States. First, the Treaty of Amity and Commerce was signed in 18th centuries between the United States and the sultan of Oman. And in the ’80s we signed the agreement of the facility – military facility in the Omani military facilities that still exist. It’s very useful. We both – we think this is important.

Today we are signing this agreement for transparent technology. We very much appreciate and thank you for United States on working with us in this agreement for the last one or more year, and we hope this is – it will increase and expand our relationship in terms of technology and other areas of mutual interest. Thank you.

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you. Yusuf, shall we sign?

(The agreement was signed.)

SECRETARY KERRY: Yusuf, thank you. Well done, sir.

FOREIGN MINISTER BIN ALAWI: Congratulations. Thank you.

SECRETARY KERRY: Same to you. Thank you very, very much. Appreciate it. Thank you. Thank you, everybody.