USA meeting on Middle East brings together Israel, Gulf Arab states


"Many are following this [Omani] lead, and may I say, including at this conference", a video released by Netanyahu's office showed him telling Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, a senior Omani official whose Gulf state hosted the Israeli leader in October.

Prior to leaving for a major meeting in Poland, Netanyahu commented on the Israeli strike on Monday and stressed that Iran is the focus of the Warsaw Mideast summit.

Speaking to Netanyahu, bin Alawi said: "People in the Middle East have suffered a lot because they have stuck to the past".

"We are operating every day, including yesterday, against Iran".

"The global community must consistently call out parties seeking to sow instability, and this includes by being vigilant about the very real machinations towards war that are being undertaken", the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) said in a statement.

On the sidelines, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Oman's foreign minister. "This is a new era for the future, and for prosperity for all the nations".

While in Warsaw, Netanyahu was also expected to meet with US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as well as Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

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Arab nations and Israel faced a common threat of Iranian regional aggression and Washington was working closely with these nations to counter this, he said.

The Jerusalem Post reports that, although Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar have all sent representatives to Warsaw for the conference, Palestinian Authority officials are boycotting the US -sponsored confab due to the Trump administration's 2018 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and its relocation of its Israeli embassy to that capital.

The United States and Poland kicked off an global conference on the Middle East on Wednesday. "But Netanyahu and Gulf countries are eager to focus on Iran".

The Jerusalem Post reports that the Trump administration is unlikely to make a big splash at the conference with an announcement of its impending Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

Palestinians have been heavily critical of the conference, With officials describing the meeting as an effort by the United States to advance its anti-Palestinian positions. Pence and Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz were also scheduled to speak.

"The European Union alone does not, in my opinion, carry sufficient political weight to try to really influence the situation in the Middle East", he told reporters.