(Persia Digest) - Iran has criticized its southern neighbor for hosting the Israeli Prime Minister.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson criticized a trip by the Israeli PM to Oman, saying: “In our view, regional Islamic countries should not allow the White House to use the Zionist regime to create a new atmosphere of crises in our region. This regime undoubtedly seeks to create disparities between Muslim countries and cover up 70 years of usurpations and killings of the oppressed people of Palestine."

Persia Digest (PD) reports that Oman announced it hosted Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to discuss the peace process in the Middle East. The visit took place two days following a visit by Mahmoud Abbas to Oman.

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While the Israeli Prime Minister's office announced the invitation was extended to Netanyahu to visit Oman, Yusef Ben Alavi, Omani Foreign Minister, said Netanyahu has asked for the trip to present his views on resolving regional issues.

Special Assistant to the Speaker of the Iranian Parliament on international affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, also criticized Oman for hosting Netanyahu, and posted in his personal twitter account: “The visit by the criminal Prime Minister of the Zionist regime, Netanyahu, with Sultan Qaboos in Oman is beyond the known wisdom of Sultan Qaboos. The deal of the century will bear no fruits for Trump and Netanyahu.”

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Iran's criticism of Oman and Sultan Qaboos has taken place while Iran has the best relations with Oman among the Persian Gulf Arab states. Prior to this visit, Oman and Sultan Qaboos followed a balanced policy in Iran’s view and Oman even acted as an initial mediator between Iran and the US at the start of the negotiations which led to the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal.

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