Trump thanks Oman’s Sultan Haitham for supporting UAE-Israel peace deal

Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Said gives a speech after being sworn in before the royal family council in Muscat, Oman, January 11, 2020. (Reuters)

US President Donald Trump thanked Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Said for supporting the Washington-brokered peace deal between UAE and Israel, during a phone call between the two leaders on Wednesday.

“President Trump congratulated Sultan Haitham on the success of the first eight months of his rule. President Trump highlighted the importance of the United States-brokered Abraham Accords announced on August 13 and thanked the Sultan for Oman’s comments in support of the Israel-United Arab Emirates deal,” the White House said.

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As part of the US-brokered peace deal, announced at the White House on August 13 following what officials said were 18 months of talks, the UAE agreed to normalize relations with Israel, while Israel agreed to continue with plans to suspend its annexation of the West Bank.

Trump and Sultan Haitham also “discussed ways to enhance regional security and strengthen the United States-Oman bilateral economic partnership,” the statement said.

Oman has been mentioned by Israeli officials as another country that could follow the UAE lead in normalizing ties with Israel, but there was no mention of that in the White House statement.White House adviser Jared Kushner last week said he hoped another Arab country would normalize ties with Israel within months.

Israel's neighbors Egypt and Jordan reached peace deals with it decades ago, but other Arab states have long held the position that Israel must agree to give more land to the Palestinians for a state before ties can be normalized.The United States and Oman have a free trade agreement that entered into force in 2009.

Trade in goods and services between the two countries totaled an estimated $4.4 billion in 2018, according to the US Trade Representative's office.

- With Reuters

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