(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat- To cater to the needs of the Austrian community in the sultanate, a consulate has been opened and an honorary consul appointed.
A ceremony was held at Sheraton Oman Hotel on Monday to announce the appointment of Sheikh Faisal al Hashar as honorary consul of Austria in Oman.
The ceremony was held under the patronage of H E Mohammed bin Yousef al Zarafi, Undersecretary for Administrative and Financial Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was attended by government officials, members of business and Austrian communities, and other honorary consuls of the European Union.
Addressing the gathering, H E Gregor W Koessler, Austrian Ambassador to Oman, Saudi Arabia and Yemen said, 'Austria welcomes the opportunity to open its consulate in Muscat.
'Sheikh Faisal al Hashar, a highly respected personality, will serve as the new Austrian honorary consul in Oman.'
He added that the two countries have shared a cordial relationship over the years.
Austrian business delegations often visit the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry to take business ties forward, H E Koessler added.
Sheikh Faisal has a career that spans over 35 years in the public and private sectors. Besides his private business and investments, he is the chairman of Rural Areas Electricity Company, deputy chairman of Electricity Holdings Co (Nama Group) and the chairman of the board of Taageer Finance Company.
Sheikh Faisal said, 'I value this position as a further milestone in the enhancement and strengthening of the relationship between Oman and Austria.'