Oman urges Israel to create independent Palestinian state

Oman urges Israel to create independent Palestinian state
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Oman's state news agency has reported that the country's foreign minister spoke by phone to his Israeli counterpart, Yair Lapid, expressing hopes that Israel's new government will take concrete steps towards creating an independent Palestinian state.
In February, Oman's top diplomat said his country was satisfied with its current relationship with Israel even after two fellow Gulf States normalised ties with Israel [Anadolu Agency]

Oman's foreign minister told his Israeli counterpart he hopes Israel's new government will take concrete steps towards creating an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, Omani state media said on Thursday.

Oman's Badr al-Busaidi spoke by phone to Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, according to ONA, the state news agency of Oman, which has a longstanding policy of neutrality in the turbulent region and often acts as a mediator.

In February, Busaidi said Oman was satisfied with its current relationship with Israel even after fellow Gulf States the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain normalised ties with Israel last year under US-brokered accords. Muscat has previously expressed support for those deals.

Lapid will travel to the UAE next week in the first official visit by an Israeli minister to the Gulf state since they established diplomatic relations. He will inaugurate the Israeli Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Consulate General of Israel in Dubai. 

(Reuters)