“Wow,” “historic”: Israel’s Netanyahu visits Oman, historic and important visit amid regional changes

Seth J. Frantzman

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN

In an important and historic visit Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Oman where he was met by Sultan Qaboos, the ruler of Oman.  After Netanyahu and his delegation met and shook hands with local officials, Oman said in a joint statement that the Israeli ruler discussed the peace process and other issues of regional stability. The last important visit to Oman by an Israeli delegation took place in 1996.

The 1996 visit included the signing of an agreement on the reciprocal opening of trade representative offices. “The signing ceremony took place during a visit to Oman by a Foreign Ministry delegation headed by Deputy Director-General Yoav Biran of the Division for Peace and the Middle East, and the Director of the Foreign Ministry Director-General’s Bureau, Rafael Barak. The delegation was received by Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf Bin Alawi,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry notes.

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