Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu Meets Oman’s Sul­tan Qa­boos in Sur­prise Visit

The Day After - - GLOBAL TIT-BIT -

Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu on Oc­to­ber 26th re­turned from an unan­nounced visit to Oman, the two coun­tries con­firmed, meet­ing the Gulf state’s leader in the first visit of its kind in over 20 years. The sur­prise visit was an im­por­tant ac­com­plish­ment for the Is­raeli leader, who fre­quently boasts of warm­ing be­hind-the-scenes con­tacts with Gulf Arab states. But there were few con­crete de­tails on his talks with Oman’s Sul­tan Qa­boos bin Said.

Days be­fore Ne­tanyahu’s visit, Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas also vis­ited Oman, rais­ing the pos­si­bil­ity that Oman might be try­ing to help re­vive ne­go­ti­a­tions or push for­ward a trou­bled US peace plan. Ne­tanyahu and Sul­tan Qa­boos is­sued a joint state­ment say­ing the two sides “dis­cussed ways to ad­vance the West Asia peace process and dis­cussed a num­ber of is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est to achieve peace and sta­bil­ity in West Asia.”

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