Benjamin Netanyahu Meets Oman’s Sultan Qaboos in Surprise Visit
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.”