Haitham bin Tariq Khalifa, Sultan Qaboos
Haitham bin Tariq Khalifa, Sultan Qaboos

The new Sultan of Oman, Haitham bin Tariq, pledged Saturday after his appointment to succeed his late cousin Qaboos bin Said, who died on Friday, to continue his country's foreign policy of "non-interference" that his predecessor had pursued.

The new Sultan said in his first statements since his inauguration as Sultan: "We will draw the late Sultan's line, stressing the principles (...) and our country's foreign policy based on peaceful coexistence between nations and peoples, good neighborhood, non-interference in the internal affairs of others, respect for the sovereignty of states, and international cooperation in various Domains. "


He continued, "As we will remain, as we have been entrusted with, the world in the era of the late (...) calling and contributing to the peaceful settlement of disputes."

The new sultan, Haitham bin Tariq (65 years old), a sports fanatic, took over the post of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Political Affairs, before becoming Minister of Heritage and Culture during the 1990s.

He also held the first position as the first president of the Omani Football Association in the early eighties.

During his assumption of the Ministry of Culture, the new Sultan played a prominent role in restoring a number of historical sites in the Sultanate.

During his work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Sultan represented his country in conferences abroad, but remained relatively unknown on the international scene.

After his appointment, the new sultan pledged to continue his country's foreign policy of "non-interference".

And the new sultan said in the first statements since his inauguration, "We will draw the late Sultan's line, stressing the constants (...) and our country's foreign policy based on peaceful coexistence between nations and peoples, good neighborhood, and non-interference in the internal affairs of others."