Muscat says it is offering ideas to help regional peace efforts but denies acting as Israel-Palestine mediator.
“Israel is a state present in the region, and we all understand this,” Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah said.
“The world is also aware of this fact. Maybe it is time for Israel to be treated the same [as other states] and also bare the same obligations.”
Bin Alawi made the comments a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Sultan Qaboos in Oman during a three-day visit to the country. Netanyahu is the first prime minister to visit Oman since Simon Peres’ visit in 1996.
A joint statement said the two sides “discussed ways to advance the Middle East peace process” and “a number of issues of mutual interest to achieve peace and stability in the Middle East.”