Oman Calls on Arab Countries to Review Relations with Israel

Published November 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Oman called on Arab countries Tuesday to "review" their relations with Israel and accused the Jewish state of creating a dangerous situation in the Middle East. 

"Arab countries should conform to and take seriously the resolutions of the extraordinary Arab summit (held in Cairo last month), said Omani Foreign Minister Yussef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, quoted by the official ONA news agency. 

At that summit, Arab leaders adopted a resolution stating that "in light of the reversal of the peace process, the Arab leaders stress their commitment to firmly challenge Israeli attempts to infiltrate the Arab world in any form, and from now on to stop opening relations with Israel. 

"They hold Israel responsible for any steps and decisions made by Arab states regarding relations with Israel, including their cancellation." 

The Omani foreign minister said a "common Arab vision and plans exists which, if they are applied, could contribute to putting an end to the escalation of violence by Israel" against the Palestinians. 

"The latest Israeli escalation and the bombardment of Palestinian Authority premises have created a dangerous, difficult and delicate situation" in the Middle East, the minister said. 

On October 12, Oman closed its trade office in Tel Aviv and that of Israel in Muscat -- both opened four years ago -- as a gesture of support for the Palestinian cause – MUSCAT (AFP) 



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