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February 18, 2019 1:26 pm

Palestinian Statehood Is Condition for Normalized Ties With Israel, Omani FM Says

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said, in this photo published on Oct. 26, 2018. Photo: Netanyahu’s Facebook account.

Oman will not formalize its ties with Israel without the founding of a Palestinian state, the Gulf sultanate’s top diplomat said on Monday.

Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah’s comment came a week after he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of a US-sponsored Middle East diplomatic summit in Poland.

“There is no normalization of relations with Israel, but rather an ongoing diplomatic process aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the Palestinian problem,” bin Alawi said on Monday.

“The establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state is a condition for any normalization with the Israelis,” he stated.

In October, Netanyahu visited the Omani capital of Muscat, where he was hosted by Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

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