Rota, 13 January 2019—EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation ATALANTA has sadly learned of the passing of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of the Sultanate of Oman. On behalf of European Union Naval Force Somalia, we would like to express our utmost condolences to His Majesty’s family and to the people and the Government of Oman.
Under His Majesty’s leadership, the Sultanate of Oman saw an exceptional era of reforms that improved living standards for Omani people. His pragmatic, informed vision also steered a foreign policy that placed Oman among the European Union’s closest partners. His Majesty will be remembered and greatly missed.
EU NAVFOR Somalia takes pride in having been a close partner of the Royal Navy of Oman under His Majesty's leadership, and we will continue to work toward maintaining a strong and stable relationship with the Sultanate of Oman.