Oman to open embassy in Palestinian territories’ West Bank – foreign ministry

DUBAI (Reuters) – Oman said on Wednesday it was planning to open a new diplomatic mission in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and that a delegation from its foreign ministry would go to Ramallah for that purpose.

The Gulf state made its announcement as Washington launched an economic plan it says will be a foundation for Israeli-Palestinian peace but which Palestinians and many other Arabs dismiss as pointless without a political solution.

“In line with the Sultanate’s support for the brotherly Palestinian people, it has decided to open a new diplomatic mission for Palestine at the level of embassy,” the foreign ministry said in Twitter post.

“A delegation from the foreign ministry will be going to Ramallah to start procedures to open the embassy,” the tweet added.

A source familiar with the decision said that Oman closed its diplomatic mission in Gaza following the 2006 Israeli bombing of the strip of land, but it kept close ties with the Palestinian authority.

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