Oman Affirms Suspension of Israeli Contacts, Closure of Office in Muscat
Oman announced Sunday that it had suspended all contacts with Israel and closed the Jewish state’s commercial office in Muscat, following Israel’s latest attacks on Palestinians.
Omani Foreign Minister Yousif bin Alawi said that Muscat had “suspended every contact with Israel” and that “Tel Aviv's office in Oman is completely shut down,” reported the official Kuwaiti news agency, KUNA.
Alawi was speaking to reporters in Doha on the sidelines of a presentation by Sultan Qaboos, said KUNA.
The Gulf state first announced the closure of Israel’s office in Muscat after the eruption of the Intifada in late September.
Prior contacts with Israel were meant to assist and contribute to pushing forward the Middle East peace process and the Arab peace negotiations, according to the Omani official.
Several Arab countries, such as Morocco, Tunisia and Qatar, have announced similar measures – Albawaba.com
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