After Netanyahu, Israeli Minister to Make Official Visit in Oman Next Week

Netanyahu visited Oman, met with the sultan in first such trip since 1996

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed Sunday that Minister Yisrael Katz, who holds the transportation and intelligence affairs portfolios, will be making an official visit in Oman next week.

Oman and Israel have no official diplomatic ties.

Netanyahu visited Oman and met with Sultan Qaboos Bin Said last week. The meeting was the first of its kind between leaders of the two countries since 1996. Netanyahu's visit came days after an official visit to Oman by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Katz will be visiting Oman for an international transportation convention, to which he says he was personally invited. This is the first time an Israeli minister is invited to a convention held in Oman, a fact that attests to the warming of ties between the two countries.

Also Sunday, Netanyahu said his visit to Oman "comes against the background of diplomatic efforts that I have been promoting in recent years vis-a-vis the Arab countries." Netanyahu said he and Omani leader Sultan Qaboos bin Said "discussed in detail the challenges facing the Middle East. These were important talks - both for the State of Israel" and its security, adding there would be more talks in future.

During the visit Katz will present his hosts his and Netanyahu's initiative "railways for peace," a plan to connect railway networks from Gulf states and Middle Eastern countries though Israel.

Netanyahu during his visit to Oman.
Israel government photo