Tehran (Basirat):Iran has criticized Oman for hosting the Israeli premier, saying that Muslim states shouldn’t give the usurper Zionist regime room for maneuvering to create new predicaments and problems in the region.
The criticism was raised by Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi in
response to a question by reporters regarding a recent visit to Oman by Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"Indubitably, the Zionist regime [of Israel] seeks to sow discord among Muslim
countries and cover up 70 years of usurpation and aggression and killing of
innocent Palestinian people,” said the spokesman.
"In our point of view, Islamic countries in the region should not, under White
House pressure, give the usurper Zionist regime [of Israel] room for maneuvering
to create new predicaments and problems in the region,” the spokesman added.
"It seems that since the beginning of the presidency of Mr Trump, the Zionist
lobby groups at the White House and within the US government have been more
active than ever before in order to serve the illegitimate interests of the
Zionist regime and put pressure on Islamic countries to normalize their
relations with the usurpers of Muslims’ first Qibla (al-Quds),” Qassemi added.
"History shows that submission and capitulating to the illegitimate demands of
the United States and the usurper Zionist regime will further embolden them to
exert more pressure, advance further into the region and ignore the inalienable
and legitimate rights of the Palestinian nation,” the spokesman noted.
Netanyahu along with a delegation, including Yossi Cohen, the director of the
Mossad spy agency, and National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, arrived in
Oman’s capital, Muscat, on Thursday night and flew back to the occupied
Palestinian territories later on Friday, making it the first such meeting in
over 20 years.
A joint statement by Netanyahu and Oman’s ruler Sultan Qaboos said the two sides
"discussed ways to advance” the so-called Middle East peace process and "a
number of issues of mutual interest to achieve peace and stability in the Middle
Muscat and Tel Aviv have no diplomatic relations, and the last Israeli leader to
visit Oman was then-prime minister Shimon Peres in 1996.
Earlier this week, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also visited the Persian
Gulf Arab state for three days.