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Chinese warships visit Oman for goodwill visit

(Xinhua)

08:24, December 05, 2011

MUSCAT, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Two warships from China on Sunday docked at Port Sultan Qaboos in the Omani capital of Muscat to begin a five-day goodwill visit to the southwestern Asian country.

The tour was made by the destroyer "Wuhan" and the frigate " Yulin," which were part of the ninth Chinese naval convoy to conclude its escort mission in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia.

During their escort mission, the Chinese warships had stayed in Oman's port for replenishment and were well-supported by the Omani side, said Commander of the flotilla Guan Jianguo.

Guan said that he hoped the visit by the Chinese warships could help enhance the exchanges and cooperation between the two countries as well as their navies.

Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to Oman Wu Jiuhong, who attended a welcome ceremony of the flotilla, hailed the friendly ties between China and Oman, saying that the visit would certainly help further the relationship and display China's image as a responsible country.

On behalf of the Royal Navy of Oman, Admiral Abdulla Ben Ali, chief of Sultan Qaboos Navy Academy, welcomed the visit of the Chinese flotilla, and pledged thorough services for the Chinese ships during their stay.

The flotilla has earlier visited Kuwait before arriving in Oman.

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