Jerusalem: – ‘Following the decision taken by United Arab Emirates (UAE), to establish diplomatic relations with Israel, Oman to has initiated moves to improve relations with Israel. Omanis Foreign Minister Yusuf Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah held discussions with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi regarding the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Both the leaders expressed confidence that the concerned cooperation will be conducive for peace and stability in the Gulf region. Meanwhile, western media and analysts are claiming that Israel has started a new era of cooperation with the Arabic countries, by establishing diplomatic relations with the UAE.
Israel had announced on Sunday that following UAE, the Arab countries, Oman and Bahrain also are making preparations to establish diplomatic ties with Israel. Within hours of this announcement, the reports of discussions, on Monday, between Omanis Foreign Minister Yusuf Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah and Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi have been received. It was announced that the first phase of discussions for establishing diplomatic ties between the two countries were held. Foreign Minister Yusuf said that these efforts are being made, by Oman, to establish peace in the Gulf. At the same time, Foreign Minister Yusuf clarified that it has not dropped its demand for independent Palestine while establishing diplomatic ties with Israel.
Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi reacted that Israel welcomes the stand adopted by Oman for peace and stability in the Gulf. Ashkenazi clarified that the talks to improve relations, between Israel and Oman, will continue. Ashkenazi announced that he would soon be meeting the Omanis Foreign Minister, for this purpose. Ashkenazi said that the cooperation established with UAE and other developments in the Middle East were also discussed with the Omanis Foreign Minister. A possibility of Ashkenazi visit to Oman also is being predicted. Two years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had surprised many by visiting Oman. After that, the talks had started regarding establishing cooperation between Israel and Oman.
While these discussions are being held with Oman, Mossad Chief Yasi Kohen has reached UAE. This is the first visit of a senior Israeli official to UAE, since the historic announcement of cooperation between Israel and UAE. Israeli media have informed that discussions for improving relations between the two countries, will be held during Kohen’s visit. The Israeli media claimed that along with the other issues in the Gulf, Iran also may feature in the discussions. A few hours ago, Israeli President Rivlin invited UAE Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to visit Israel.
Meanwhile, while Oman and Bahrain are preparing to start diplomatic ties with Israel, Saudi Arabia, the ally of UAE, has seemingly not taken any stand in the matter. But Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to President Donald Trump, said that cooperation between Israel and Saudi could not be avoided. Kushner said that if this cooperation is established, Saudi and Israel together can achieve big targets. Kushner informed while talking to a news channel that the Saudi youth were inclined to developing cooperation with Israel.