Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen welcomed Oman’s decision and thanked Sultan Haitham, ruler of Oman, for taking the decision. This has opened an air route that helps to easily reach Asian countries from Israel. Eli Cohen said that this is a historic and important decision for the Israeli economy and tourists from Israel. This will reduce the travel time and ticket price to Asian countries. The new decision comes after long-standing discussions between representatives of Israel and Oman.
US President Joe Biden had announced in July that the Saudi Air Corridor would be implemented for Israeli airlines. Saudi Arabia had earlier lifted its airspace ban on Israeli aircraft. But what stood in the way was the ban on using Oman airspace. With the new decision of Oman, this obstacle has been removed.
US President Joe Biden’s administration also welcomed Oman’s decision to open its airspace to all airlines, including flights to and from Israel. White House National Security Council spokesman Adrienne Watson said in a statement that the decision “serves the security and prosperity of the American people and regional partners.” We are especially grateful for the longstanding partnership with Oman and the leadership of Sultan Haitham bin Tariq,” she said.
Oman does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. Israel was not specifically mentioned in the Oman Civil Authority’s new announcement opening the airspace. Oman’s new decision comes amid US-led efforts to expand formal ties between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
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