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Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding for the year 2004 to be conferred on His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said bin Taimour al Said, the Sultan of Oman

January 18, 2007

The Jury for the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding has decided to confer the Award for the year 2004 on His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said bin Taimour al Said, the Sultan of Oman.

Born on 18 November 1940, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said assumed power in July, 1970. The Sultan has completely transformed Oman into a modern and prosperous state. The Sultan has emerged as a leader who is much loved and admired not only by his own people but also by the entire region. He has helped Oman establish close relations with many countries including India. Indo-Oman diplomatic ties, which are based on a shared vision to develop a partnership in the areas of politics, economics and culture, celebrated 50 years in 2005.

Government of India instituted this award in 1965 as a tribute to the memory of the late Prime Minister Shri Jawaharlal Nehru and to his life-long dedication to the cause of world peace and international understanding. This Award which carries an amount of Rupees Twenty-five lakh in cash and a citation is given annually for outstanding contribution to the promotion of international understanding, goodwill and friendship among peoples of the world. It is open to all persons regardless of nationality, race, creed or sex, but an association, institution or organization is not eligible for the Award.

Some previous recipients of the Award have been Goh Chok Tong (2003), Aung San Suu Kyi (1993), Helmut Kohl (1990), Yasser Arafat (1988), Nelson Mandela (1979), Mother Teresa (1969) and Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan (1967).

The Jawaharlal Nehru Award is administered by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi.

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