Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Speaking on behalf of the Sultanate of Oman, the foreign minister stated:
"On behalf of the Governement of the Sultanate of Oman... Israel must respond to the demands of the International Community and respect international resolutions. It should positively respond to the international efforts aimed at the implementation of the Road Map that gives international guarantees to both parties in order to establish peace based on the establishment of an independent sovereign Palestinian state on all the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967.
Such a solution would give States of the Middle East a historical chance to build a new Middle East."
Statement Of H.E. Mr. Yousef bin Alawi bin Absullah, the Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, statement to the 58th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Oct. 1, 2003
Experts Members of Congress, Ambassadors, Consul Generals, heads of government, heads of major government organizations, members of legislative bodies, and PhD's with significant involvement in, or related to, the Palestinian - Israeli conflict. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Qaboos bin Said supported "Egyptian President Sadat's peace efforts with Israel in 1977 and Sadat's 1978 role in the U.S.-sponsored Camp David peace talks. Oman was one of only three Arab states not to break diplomatic relations with Cairo for recognizing Israel, and it did not attend the 1978 Baghdad Rejectionist summit condemning Egypt, an action for which it was ostracized by the other Gulf states...
Qaboos also called for direct Israeli-Palestinian talks to settle the Arab-Israeli conflict - another unpopular stand in the Arab world, but one that made sense for long-term security...
In 1994 he invited official Israeli government representatives to a conference on water desalinization, a precedent he then followed by welcoming Israel's Prime Minister Rabin to Oman - the first public visit by an Israeli leader to an Arab Gulf state. At a time when the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] had no relations with Israel and intended none, once again Qaboos stood alone."
"Oman: A Unique Foreign Policy Produces a Key Player in Middle Eastern and Global Diplomacy," 1995 RAND Research Brief
Recipient, Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies' 25th anniversary Founder's Award, 2000
Recipient, International Peace Award, National Council on US-Arab Relations, 1998