Qaboos of Oman is the enlightened one
Hassanul Bolkiah of Brunei the other.
The enlightened one passed away last Friday. I consider myself fortunate that I was in Oman on Thursday and could feel the admiration the people had for Sultan Qaboos.
Everybody hailed him as a visionary and he was a true peacemaker taking no sides. He invited both sides to the Yemeni conflicts to his palace and was instrumental in the Barack Obama- Iran reconciliation. Israeli prime ministers have visited him in Muscat and Benjamin Netanyahu will be attending his funeral in Muscat.
What a great Arab statesman! who brought his country out of darkness and made it a modern state. Followed a most tolerant form of Isalm, Abadi, neither Sunni nor Shia and mediated the disputes between the giants on either side. He embraced his former subjects from the island of Zanzibar and the Omani territories in Gwador and Baluchistan.
I have watched how the Sultanate of Brunei slipping back into the medieval darkness under their Sultan and how progressive was the Sultan of Qaboos. I am glad to have known both sultanates, and I will be returning again to Oman under the new Sultan Haitham.
I had a nice visit to Oman this past week
I thank the Omani people and of course pray for the soul of Sultan Qaboos and wish the new sultan good days ahead as a just ruler of the Omani people and continue to the enlightenment of Sultan Qaboos