Oman welcomes Bahrain-Israel normalization decision

MANAMA (REUTERS): Oman has welcomed Bahrain’s decision to normalize deal with Israel and expressed hope that it will contribute to Israel-Palestinian peace.

According to Oman’s government statement, “Oman hopes this new strategic path taken by some Arab countries will contribute to bringing about a peace based on an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and on establishing an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as capital.”

A few days after the UAE-Israel accord, Israel’s intelligence minister said that Oman could also formalize ties with the country. Oman earlier welcomed the UAE and Bahraini decisions but has not commented on its own prospects for normalized relations.

On the other hand, Turkey and Iran had condemned the deal between Israel and Bahrain to normalize their relations. Turkey described the US-brokered deal as a fresh blow to the Palestinian cause. Iran accused Bahrain of stirring instability in the region.

Earlier on Friday, Bahrain became the second Gulf country to normalize ties with Israel after the United Arab Emirates said they would do so a month ago, moves forged partly through shared fears of Iran.

In 2018 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Oman and discussed peace initiatives in the Middle East with then-Omani leader Sultan Qaboos.

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