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Oman welcomes UAE-Israel deal

Oman welcomes UAE-Israel deal

Oman supported neighbouring Bahrain and praised the new deal as a new perspective. As the UAE News Agency reports, the agreement became a «historic» move for the Gulf state.

The official Oman News Agency on Friday quoted unnamed sources at the country’s Foreign Ministry as saying the «Sultanate of Oman supports the deal.»

The latest development marks only the third time an Arab country has opened full diplomatic ties with Israel, also making Emirates the very first Gulf Arab state to do so. Thus, Oman supported Egypt and Jordan, other nations with diplomatic ties with Israel. According to Omani officials, Thursday’s deal between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel aimed at normalizing ties.

The US President announced the deal Thursday, in a move forestalling Israel’s controversial plans to annex large swathes of the occupied West Bank.

A joint statement from the US, UAE, and Israel said the «breakthrough» will promote «peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders,” referring to Trump, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The UAE News Agency also touted the agreement as a step towards bilateral relations.

Palestinian groups denounced the new agreement, saying it does nothing to serve the Palestinian cause and ignores the rights of the Palestinian people. The UAE peace deal with Israel is a «treacherous stab in the back of the Palestinian people,» Hamas said in a statement.