The U.S. Embassy hosted its annual National Day celebration on May 7 at the Barr al Jissah Shangri La Resort, to commemorate the 242nd year of U.S. independence and to pay tribute to the enduring partnership between the United States and the Sultanate of Oman.
U.S. Ambassador Marc J. Sievers welcomed the events guest of honor, His Excellency Mohammed bin Yousef bin Qasim Al Zarafy, Under Secretary for Administrative and Financial Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as other dignitaries from the Omani government and Majlis Oman. Senior Omani civil and military officials, heads of foreign diplomatic missions, business representatives, and several other distinguished guests attended the ceremony. Guests enjoyed music by the NATO SHAPE band, celebrating theis events jazz theme. Known for its American roots but global popularity, jazz is sometimes called Americas classical music.
In his remarks, Ambassador Sievers wished his Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said continued good health, long life, and every success in his endeavors. Ambassador Sievers hailed the U.S.-Omani partnership, successful bilateral cooperation, and efforts contributed by both sides to promote peace, security, and prosperity in the region and beyond. Ambassador Sievers elaborated that the vibrant Omani-U.S. relationship is standing the test of time; indeed, it is thriving. In each new period, said Ambassador Sievers, our partnership has continued to evolve, yielding multiple benefits to the people of both countries.