Biden thanks Omani leader for opening airspace to Israeli flights

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

A flight tracker map of the El Al 83 flight from Tel Aviv to Bangkok on February 26, 2023, the first Israeli airliner to cross over Oman's airspace. (Screenshot: flightaware.com; Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
A flight tracker map of the El Al 83 flight from Tel Aviv to Bangkok on February 26, 2023, the first Israeli airliner to cross over Oman's airspace. (Screenshot: flightaware.com; Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

US President Joe Biden thanks Omani Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said for his decision last month to open his country’s airspace to Israeli airliners.

The topic comes up during a phone call that the two leaders held earlier today, according to a readout from the White House.

“The two leaders reaffirmed the longstanding historical ties between our countries and peoples, and discussed mutual efforts to forge a more prosperous, peaceful and integrated Middle East region,” the White House says.

Oman opening its airspace enables Israeli airlines to take advantage of a military move by Saudi Arabia and cut several hours of flying time to the Far East.

Biden thanks Sultan Haitham for his involvement in the UN-mediated true in Yemen and welcomes Oman’s efforts to secure the release of American citizens wrongfully detained in Iran, the US readout adds.

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