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France and Oman

Bilateral relations

Political relations

Special relations are the prerogative of Anglo-Saxon countries (the United Kingdom and United States). However, Oman pays close attention to France’s positions and initiatives and shares its analyses.

Furthermore, the Secretaries-General of the French and Omani Foreign Ministries meet regularly as part of bilateral strategic dialogue (most recently in Muscat in March 2018). A France-Oman joint commission on economic and cultural issues meets every two years or so.

The French Minister of Defence, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, visited Oman in September 2016, and met his Omani counterpart in Paris on 16 January 2018.

Economic relations

The Sultanate’s National Programme for Enhancing Economic Diversification (TANFEEDH) provides opportunities to French companies wishing to play a role in it (Véolia, Suez, Engie, Airbus, EIFFAGE, and FIVES are already involved in such projects).

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Culture and heritage are the primary focuses of our cooperation with Oman. France supports the Sultanate’s efforts to promote its heritage, with the renovation of the Bait Faransa Omani French Museum, two archaeological missions in 2018 and the gradual establishment of the French Center for Archaeology and Social Sciences (CEFAS) in the Sultanate in recent years.
The context is also promising for the teaching of French, which has been introduced in four pilot schools for late-secondary students.

Enrolment at the French school has doubled in five years (the French lycée in Muscat had 298 students at the start of the 2018 school year). The French and Omani authorities have decided to renovate the Bait Faransa Omani French Museum together. The Omani-French Centre receives 500 French learners in each session.

Updated: November 2019