Oman Post Issues Special Postal Stamps to Mark the 60th Anniversary of establishment of Diplomatic Relations with India in 1955

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Oman Post issued on 05 April 2016 in a ceremony at the Indian Embassy in Muscat a special Postal Stamp to mark the 60th Anniversary of establishment of Diplomatic Relations between India and Oman in 1955. The Stamp was unveiled by Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, Mr. Indra Mani Pandey, and Chief Executive Officer of Oman Posts, Mr. Abdul Malik Abdul Karim Al Balushi, in presence of Guest of Honour, Dr. Ali bin Ahmed Al-Isa’eei, Under Secretary for Diplomatic Affairs at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Oman. Senior Officers from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oman Post, Ambassadors and other members of diplomatic corps, prominent members of Indian Community, Indian academicians from Sultan Qaboos University, philatelists, and Indian and Omani media persons attended the ceremony.

This is the first time when Oman Post has issued a special commemorative stamp to mark an important milestone in India’s historical relations with Oman. The unveiling ceremony of special Postal Stamp also marked the culmination of the yearlong celebrations to commemorate the 60th anniversary of establishment of India-Oman diplomatic ties, which began with the visit of External Affairs Minister of India, Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, to Oman on 17-18 February 2015. It was her first visit to Oman and provided a new momentum to bilateral relations. Some of other commemorative events held in 2015 were:

• An Indian Film Festival, which was held, in association with City Cinema and Yash Raj Films, in Muscat during 27 – 29 April, 2015.
• A Lecture on ‘India-Oman Relations in a Historical and Contemporary Perspective’ by Mr. Talmiz Ahmed was organized on 14 May, 2015. 
• Four Indian Naval Ships from Western Fleet visited Muscat port on 19 - 22 September 2015. 
• Display of “Vastram- Splendid World of Indian Textiles”, an Indian Council of Cultural Relations Collection, was held at Muscat from 15th – 25th October 2015. 
• Indian Navy Sailing Ship, INS Tarangini, and the Royal Navy of Oman Sailing Ship ‘Shabab Oman’ undertook a joint voyage from Muscat to Kochi from 24th November to 03 December 2015, tracing the ancient trading route between India and Oman.

The design of the Postage Stamp issued by Oman Post depicts the key historical monuments of the two countries: Oman’s iconic Grand Mosque and India’s Taj Mahal in Agra in subtly fused colours. The First Day Cover of the Stamp depicts historical Muscat Gate and Mumbai’s Gateway of India.

Muscat, 06 April 2016