Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tarik stressed on Tuesday that the international community must assume its responsibilities towards the Palestinian people, calling on it to exert efforts towards the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Sultan Haitham was presiding over the first annual meeting of the 8th term of the Council of Oman in Muscat. The body is comprised of the State Council, whose members are appointed, and Shura Council, whose members are elected.
“We are following with sorrow the developments in occupied Palestine,” continued Sultan Haitham, condemning the “barbaric Israeli aggression and siege.”
“We underline our firm stance over the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital,” he went on to say.
He underscored the need for the international community to meet its commitments to the Palestinian people and quickly reach “radical solutions to achieve the people’s hopes in establishing their own independent state so that peace can prevail in our region and security and safety can prevail in the world.”
Sultan Haitham stressed Oman’s firm policy that “is built on good neighborliness, refraining from meddling in the internal affairs of others and consolidating foundations of stability and peace.”
On domestic affairs, he noted that the Sultanate managed to achieve significant social and economic accomplishments in spite of the challenges faced by the global economy.