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The United States of America and the Sultanate of Oman: More than Two Centuries of Friendship

The friendship between the United States and Oman dates back over two hundred years when the American ship the Boston Rambler sailed to the port of Muscat in 1790.  The two countries signed the “Treaty of Amity and Commerce” in 1833 - the first bilateral accord between the U.S. and an Arab Gulf state.  In 1840, the Sultan’s envoy Ahmad bin Na’aman sailed to New York on the Sultanah and became the first Arab diplomat to be accredited to the U.S. The Sultanah was also the first Arab ship to sail to the United States. In 1880, the first U.S. Consulate was established in Muscat in order to strengthen political and economic ties.

During the twentieth century, Oman and the United States signed the “Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights” in Salalah expanding trade and diplomatic relations.  In 1972, the United States opened its embassy in the capital of Muscat and the Sultanate opened its embassy in Washington D.C. the following year.  Oman and the United States signed a military cooperation agreement In 1980, which was revised and renewed in 2010, continuing its close military partnership

Today, the United States and Oman continue to have permanent diplomatic missions in their respective capitals with official delegations regularly visiting both countries.  The U.S.-Oman friendship continues with a bilateral Free Trade Agreement which was signed in 2006 and put into effect in 2009 promoting trade and investment in both countries.  In 2016, U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and Foreign Minister bin Alawi signed the U.S.-Oman Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement further expanding bilateral cooperation.