Oman: We are not mediating Israel-Palestine peace process, but offering ideas

Yousuf bin Alawi, Oman's minister responsible for foreign affairs, addresses the 14th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Manama Dialogue in the Bahraini capital Manama on October 27, 2018. (AFP)

Oman’s minister responsible for foreign affairs, Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, has said that the Sultanate does not play the role of mediator between the Palestinians and Israel, but is offering ideas to help them to come together.

At a security summit in Bahrain, a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Oman, the Omani minister said his country was very optimistic about reaching a solution in the Middle East that would be beneficial to both the Palestinians and Israel.

Bin Alawi said earlier that Netanyahu’s visit to Muscat and his meeting with Sultan Qaboos was preceded by the visit of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, but the two visits came within their bilateral framework.

On the topic, Bahrain's foreign minister referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Oman on Friday and meeting with Sultan Qaboos.

“We never questioned the wisdom of Oman’s Sultan Qaboos to contribute to Israel-Palestine issue and we wish him well in his effort,” Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed said.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53