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Israeli Sources: Netanyahu Did Not Heed Oman's Proposal to Meet Abbas in Muscat

Israeli Sources: Netanyahu Did Not Heed Oman's Proposal to Meet Abbas in Muscat

Thursday, 27 February, 2020 - 09:00
Sultan Qaboos bin Said shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Muscat. Reuters
Tel Aviv - Asharq Al-Awsat

An Israeli diplomat revealed that Oman's late Sultan Qaboos bin Said suggested on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to host a secret summit with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. This came during Netanyahu's visit to Muscat in October 2018, however, the latter did not approve the proposal.


The source told Channel 13 that Netanyahu was aware that his invitation to Oman was to discuss Sultan Qaboos's initiative but he had no plans to approve it. He took advantage of the invitation to take pictures with Qaboos and also took his wife Sara with him, breaking Muscat's protocol on foreign leaders' visits.


According to Israeli officials, Netanyahu listened to Qaboos's plan but did not give a firm commitment to it–yet, Abbas had agreed to the proposal a few days earlier during his trip to Muscat.


In Feb. 2019, Netanyahu met Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi, on the sidelines of the conference organized by the US in Warsaw to mobilize global opinion against Iran. During the event, Bin Alawi presented clarifications on the proposed plan, however, Netanyahu showed no positive response.


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