Two Centuries of U.S.-Oman Relations
Since the first visit of an American ship to an Omani port in 1790, Oman and the U.S. have worked together to foster two centuries of strong relations between our nations, as shown in the timeline below:
- 1790 American vessel Boston Rambler reaches Muscat.
- 1833 The U.S. and Oman sign the "Treaty of Amity and Commerce," first bilateral accord between the U.S. and an Arab Gulf state
- 1838 U.S. consulate opens in Oman.
- 1840 First Arab diplomate to be accredited to the U.S., Ahmad bin Na'aman, arrives in New York on the Omani vessel Sultanah.
- 1880 U.S. consulate reestablished in Muscat to improve political and economic exchanges between the two countries.
- 1938 Sultan Said bin Taimur accepts an official invitation to meet with U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
- 1958 U.S. and Oman renew "Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations and Consular Rights."
- 1972 U.S. opens embassy in Muscat.
- 1973 Omani embassy opens in Washington, D.C.
- 1975 Sultan Qaboos comes to the U.S. on a private visit and meets with President Gerald Ford.
- 1978 Oman participates in the Camp David peace talks.
- 1983 Sultan Qaboos comes to the U.S. on a state visit and meets with President Ronald Reagan
- 1986 Delegation from the Omani State Consultative Council (Majlis al Shurah) travels to Washington to conduct a legislative fact-finding mission.
- 1986 President George H.W. Bush visits the Sultanate.
- 1995 The Honorable Frances Cook appointed as U.S. Ambassador to Oman, the first female ambassador to serve in any Gulf Cooperation Council country.
- 2000 U.S. President William J. Clinton visits Oman.
- 2005 Omani delegation visits Washington, D.C.; Oman is the first Arab country to be featured in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
- 2005 Her Excellency Hunaina Sultan Al Mughairy appointed first Arab woman to serve as ambassador to the U.S.
- 2006 U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement signed.
Today, Oman and the U.S. continue their centuries-old relationship through cultural, educational, environmental, and economic ties. Both countries maintain permanent diplomatic missions in the other's respective capitals. Their addresses can be found below:
Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman in the United States:
Ambassador Hunaina bint Sultan Al Mughairy
Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman
2535 Belmont Road, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Unites States of America
Tel: (202) 387-1980
Embassy of the United States in Oman:
Ambassador Greta C. Holtz
Embassy of the United States
P.O. Box 202, PC 115
Madinat Sultan Qaboos
Sultanate of Oman
Tel: (968) 2469-8989
January 21, 2014
Delegation meets with senior government officials, and tours important educational and cultural sites
January 11, 2014
Ten Middle East outreach professionals explore Oman on SQCC study tour.