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Stamps issued to mark 60th anniversary of Oman-India diplomatic ties

Dubai: Marking the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations with India, Oman has issued special postal stamps depicting the Taj Mahal and the Gulf country’s iconic Grand Mosque. Oman Post issued the stamps in a ceremony at the Indian Embassy in Muscat yesterday.

Diplomatic relations between both the countries were established in 1955. 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, an Indian Embassy press release said today.

The ceremony also marked the culmination of the year-long celebrations to commemorate the 60th anniversary of establishment of India-Oman diplomatic ties which began with the visit of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Oman in February last year.

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

The Stamp was unveiled by Indian Ambassador to Oman Indra Mani Pandey, and Chief Executive Officer of Oman Posts Abdul Malik Abdul Karim Al Balushi. The Guest of Honour was Under Secretary for Diplomatic Affairs at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Oman, Ali bin Ahmed Al-Isa’eei.

Senior Officers of 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 attended the ceremony.