Netanyahu Visits Oman, Which Has No Diplomatic Ties With Israel

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an official visit to Oman, where he met with Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, his office said Friday.

Netanyahu and his wife were invited to visit by the sultan after lengthy contacts between the two countries, the Israeli Prime Minister Office’s said in a statement.

The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said the two sides discussed ways to achieve “peace and stability in the Middle East,” adding that “the prime minister’s visit is a significant step in implementing the policy outlined by Netanyahu on deepening relations with the states of the region while leveraging Israel’s advantages in security, technology and economic matters.”

Joining Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, were Mossad Director Yossi Cohen; National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat; Foreign Ministry Director General Yuval Rotem; Netanyahu Chief of Staff Yoav Horowitz; and Col. Avi Blot, Netanyahu’s military secretary.

Netanyahu flew to Oman on Thursday and spent the night there before returning to Israel.The meeting was the first of its kind between leaders of the two countries since 1996.

Oman has no official diplomatic ties with Israel, although a slight warming in relations followed the Oslo Accords in the 1990s.

Palestinian reports indicated that also Palestinian Authority chief Abu Mazen paid a visit to Oman earlier this week.