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Oman Won’t Be Third Gulf State to Normalize Ties with ‘israel’: FM

Oman will not be the third country to normalize ties with the Zionist entity, Oman’s Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al-Busaidi told the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper on Saturday.

“Oman believes in the principle of achieving a just, comprehensive and lasting peace on the basis of the two-state solution,” said Busaidi, after he was asked about a call with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

“This is the only option affirmed by the Arab Peace Initiative and international legitimacy,” he said.

“We are with the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and we respect the sovereign decisions of states, just as we expect others to respect our sovereign decisions,” Busaidi said.

Oman’s foreign minister told his Israeli counterpart he hopes Israel’s new government will take concrete steps towards creating an independent Palestinian state with east Al-Quds as its capital, Omani state media said last month.

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