Oman has decided to shut its commercial representation in Tel Aviv and Israel's trade office in Muscat, the official ONA news agency announced Thursday.
The measure was taken to support the Palestinian cause against Israel.
Oman opened its bureau in Tel Aviv in August 1996 but the representative was recalled in January 1997, although the office was not closed, and conditioned a return on real progress in the Middle East peace talks.
Qatar and Oman are the only Gulf Arab states where Israel has any official representation. Diplomatic relations were not established but Israel opened trade offices in Doha and Muscat. – (AFP)
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