MUSCAT (Dispatches) – The U.S. administration is pushing the Omani government to follow Saudi Arabia’s lead and allow the Zionist regime’s planes to use its airspace in an attempt to secure a normalization of ties between Oman and the occupying regime, which Muscat has been rejecting so far.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Secretary of State Tony Blinken met with Omani Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr al-Busaidi last week to reportedly discuss opening Omani airspace to Israeli planes, the American news website Axios reported.
Earlier in July, Saudi Arabia gave the Zionist regime’s airlines permission to use its airspace for eastbound flights to India and China. However, Axios said that if Oman does not follow the Saudi lead, it could pretty much obstruct the flight routes for Zionist airlines; hence, the Saudi move becomes largely meaningless.
The media outlet reported that in 2018, Netanyahu, then Zionist prime minister, visited Oman and got a commitment from then-Sultan Qaboos to allow Zionist regime airlines to use Omani airspace. Nevertheless, after his demise, the current Omani Sultan Haitham bin Tariq rolled back the decision.
As a result, Zionist regime airliners have still been forced to fly south through Africa or north through Russia in order to get to the Far East, adding several hours to those flights.
The U.S. and Zionist officials, according to sources, said that since July, the Biden administration has been trying to convince the Omanis to open the airspace to Zionist planes, but no breakthrough has been made so far.
Sources also claimed that “the Omanis had several bilateral issues and requests from the U.S. that they wanted to get in return.”
However, al-Busaidi said in an interview in July that his country will not be the third Persian Gulf nation to normalize ties with the occupying regime and also affirmed his country’s support for “achieving a just, comprehensive, and lasting peace on the basis of the two-state solution.”