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  • Israel, Oman Sign Water Accord

    Israel has joined with four other nations in establishing a regional center for research in desalination. The center, which will be built in the Persian Gulf state of Oman and have an operating budget of about $7 million for its first year, will coordinate research in desalination and will oversee the construction of various experimental… More ▸

  • Israel to Open Trade Office in Oman

    A group of Israeli officials departed for Oman this week to prepare for the opening of Israel’s first trade office in a Persian Gulf state. Diplomatic sources in the Omani capital of Muscat would not say when a formal ceremony would be held to mark the opening of the trade office. Israel and Oman signed… More ▸

  • Oman is 1st Persian Gulf State to Forge Relations with Israel

    Oman has agreed to forge trade ties with Israel, becoming the first Persian Gulf nation to establish relations with the Jewish state. The decisions to exchange trade representative came during a Saturday night meeting at the United Nations between Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and his Omani counterpart, Yusef Ben Alawi. The two were in… More ▸

  • Beilin: Ties with Oman Are Moving Fast Forward

    Israel and the Persian Gulf nation of Oman are close to establishing diplomatic ties, Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin said this week. “The obstacles which existed in the past are gradually bring removed,” Beilin told reporters after meeting with the Omani foreign minister, Yusef Ben Alawi, on Tuesday in Cairo. Beilin said final details for… More ▸

  • Ties with Oman Delayed at Request of the Gulf State

    Israel and Oman have postponed a decision on when to establish low-level diplomatic ties. In a meeting held over the weekend at the Jordanian port city of Aqaba, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and his Omani counterpart, Yussuf ben-Allawi, discussed the opening of interest sections in their respective countries, but did not set a specific date… More ▸

  • Back from Historic Visit to Oman, Rabin Expresses Hope for Formal Ties

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin this week visited Oman, becoming the first Israeli head of state to visit an Arab Gulf nation. Upon his return, Rabin said the two countries hope to establish formal diplomatic ties in the near future. Rabin met with Omani leader Sultan Qaboos Bin Said on Monday to discuss the Middle East… More ▸

  • Will Oman Be the Next to Tie the Knot? All Signs Point to the Arab Gulf State

    The Persian Gulf state of Oman may be the next Arab country to establish full diplomatic ties with Israel. Without providing details, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said Tuesday that an Arab state would take the step in January. According to local media reports, the most likely candidate is Oman. Strategically located at the tip of… More ▸

  • Israelis Encountering Trouble Gaining Entry to Talks in Oman

    The United States is working to ensure that Israeli diplomats and journalists will be allowed to go to Oman for multilateral peace talks, in the wake of indications that the Persian Gulf emirate has backtracked on its earlier pledge to permit Israeli visitors. Oman is hosting the upcoming round of multilateral talks dealing with regional… More ▸

  • Gulf State’s Anti-israel Stand Leads Dutch Airline to Cancel Oman Trips

    KLM, the well-known Dutch air carrier, has cancelled four planned trips for its personnel to the Gulf state of Oman because of that country’s discriminatory policy toward Israel and those who have visited the Jewish state. Oman does not permit persons carrying either Israeli passports or other passports bearing stamps of entry into Israel. A… More ▸