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Big For Israel: Netanyahu Praises 'Excellent Meeting' With Omani Foreign Minister

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Deanna Wagner | 14 February, 2019, 06:53

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Oman's foreign minister on the sidelines of a US-sponsored Middle East conference in Warsaw on Wednesday and hinted that other Arab countries represented there were engaging with Israel.

Palestinian officials, viewing the current US administration as having a pro-Israel bias, declined to attend the conference. In a Facebook video, Netanyahu referred to the rendezvous as an "excellent meeting".

The initial tweet, translated from Hebrew, had the prime minister saying: "What is important about this meeting, and it is not in secret, because there are many of those-is that this is an open meeting with representatives of leading Arab countries, that are sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran".

"I think that holding this conference, in which Israel, the United States, various countries around the world and from the region sit down in one place. and discuss one topic-which, in my opinion, is the most important for our national security-is a very important achievement".

While the Trump administration initially promoted its meeting as Iran-focused, "organizers have broadened the scope to include issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the fight against the Islamic State group", the Associated Press reported from Warsaw on Wednesday.

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The summit appears to be the first time an Israeli leader and senior Arab officials will attend an global conference centered on the Middle East since the Madrid peace conference in 1991, which set the stage for the landmark Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinians.

Speaking to Netanyahu, bin Alawi said: "People in the Middle East have suffered a lot because they have stuck to the past". And how they always get made when we say this?

Representatives of some 60 nations are set to attend the conference, including the foreign ministers of ten Arab countries.

Netanyahu says he doesn't think the Trump administration's "Deal of the Century" peace plan will be discussed.

Arab nations and Israel faced a common threat of Iranian regional aggression and Washington was working closely with these nations to counter this, he said. In October, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Sultantate of Oman, marking the first time in 22 years that an Israeli prime minister has visited Oman. Pence and Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz were also scheduled to speak.