Netanyahu and his wife were in Oman

On Thursday Netanyahu and his wife were invited to visit by the sultan after lengthy contacts between the two countries, the Prime Minister Office’s said in a statement. Netanyahu flew to Oman, which neighbors Iran, on Thursday and spent the night there before returning to Israel.

The Prime Minister’s Office said the two sides discussed ways to achieve “peace and stability in the Middle East,” adding that “the prime minister’s visit is a significant step in implementing the policy outlined by Prime Minister Netanyahu on deepening relations with the states of the region while leveraging Israel’s advantages in security, technology and economic matters.”

Palestinian reports indicated that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also paid a visit to Oman earlier this week. Abbas paid his visit to Oman on October 21-23, and called it “successfull on all levels” in an interview to Palestinian TV. It remains unclear, however, whether he was aware Netanyahu was due to visit the country soon.

Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin made the first visit by an Israeli premier to Oman in 1994. In 1996, Rabin’s successor, Shimon Peres, met with the sultan. Oman’s foreign minister visited Israel in 1995. In 2008, then-Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni met with Oman’s foreign minister.

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