Political relations between Oman and United Nations

FCO 8/1674 1971 Jan 01-1971 Dec 31

This file relates to Oman’s applications to join the Arab League and the UN. It includes correspondence and briefs concerning:

  • The opinions of foreign governments including, Turkey, the United Arab Republic, Saudi Arabia and France to Oman’s application to the UN
  • The views of the Sultan of Oman Qaboos Bin Saeed Al Said and the Prime Minister of Oman Tariq Bin Taimur on Oman’s application to the UN
  • The question of Oman’s application to the Arab League; the postponement of the application in favour of solely applying to the UN; and the opinion of other Arab countries that their support can only be offered if Oman becomes an Arab League member first, with continued opposition by the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen
  • Letters from Ghalib Bin Ali Al Hina'i to the UN Secretary General U Thant stating the Imamate’s claim to sovereignty and criticising the move for Omani UN membership; and the referral of these messages to the UN Committee of 24 (Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples)
  • The financial contribution by Oman to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
  • The question of Omani membership of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)
  • Reaction in the media to Oman’s application, including from Cairo Radio and the Financial Times
  • Discussions over the procedure of admissions to the UN, including: the issue of the admission of microstates to the UN; and the workings of the UN Admissions Committee
  • The relationship of Qatar’s successful application for UN membership and Bahrain’s prospective application, to Oman’s admissions proceedings