At a cost of $4 billion, a Saudi company launches the “Trump Resort” in the Sultanate of Oman

US and Israeli officials said White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Secretary of State Tony Blinken met with Omani Foreign Minister Badr bin Hamad al-Busaidi last week to discuss the possibility of opening Omani airspace to Israeli airlines, among other issues.

site transferAxiosAmerican and Israeli officials said that the Biden administration has been trying since last July to persuade the Omanis to open airspace to Israeli airlines.

The website stated that the Omanis have several bilateral issues and requests from the United States that they wanted to obtain in return, including the launch of a strategic dialogue between the two countries that focuses on education, cultural exchange, trade, investment and renewable energy.

He added that during the Omani Foreign Minister’s visit to Washington last week, this strategic dialogue was opened for the first time, during which several other issues were discussed, including Yemen and regional security.

US and Israeli officials hope that the progress made during the talks will pave the way for Oman to open its airspace to Israeli airlines, according to the site, which indicated that the White House declined to comment while the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not respond to a request for comment.

Last July, Saudi Arabia granted permission to Israeli airlines to use its airspace for eastbound flights to India and China.

However, the site indicated that without obtaining similar permission from Oman, the Saudi move becomes meaningless, because Israeli airlines need to cross Omani airspace after that.

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Oman in 2018 and obtained a commitment from the late Sultan of Oman, Qaboos, to allow Israeli airlines to use Omani airspace, according to Axios, adding that after Qaboos’ death, the current Sultan Haitham bin Tariq retracted the move.

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