Oman reiterates support to end Arab-Israeli conflict

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‘comprehensive settlement’
MUSCAT: Oman’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi spoke to Israeli and Palestinian officials late on Monday and reiterated his support for a comprehensive settlement to end the Arab-Israeli conflict. Bin Alawi spoke to Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi to discuss the latest regional developments days after the UAE and Israel agreed to begin normalising relations in exchange for a halt on all annexation of Palestinian lands. “The Sultanate’s firm and supportive position was clearly affirmed [on the need to] achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East and the need to resume the peace process negotiations and to fulfil the legitimate demands of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital,” the ministry said. Ashkenazi said on Twitter the pair had discussed the UAE-Israeli move. Oman backed the so-called Abraham Accords, brokered by the US, saying the decision will “contribute to fulfilling comprehensive, fair and durable peace in the Middle East.”