Oman, Touted as Next in Line for Normalization, Welcomes Bahrain-Israel Deal

Oman, Touted as Next in Line for Normalization, Welcomes Bahrain-Israel Deal


Oman on Sunday welcomed the normalization deal between Bahrain and Israel, saying it hopes it will contribute to peace throughout the region, state media reported.

“The Sultanate welcomes the initiative taken by the Kingdom of Bahrain within the framework of its sovereign rights and the Tripartite Joint Declaration on Relations with Israel,” said a statement published by Oman state television.

President Donald Trump on Friday announced Israel and the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain had agreed to establish full diplomatic relations, weeks after a similar deal was struck with the United Arab Emirates.

“The Sultanate hopes that this new strategic direction, chosen by some Arab countries, will be a practical tributary toward achieving peace based on ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and establishing an independent Palestine with its capital in East Jerusalem,” the statement read, adding:

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