A picture taken on February 15, 2018 shows Omani minister responsible for foreign affairs, Yusuf bin Alawi (C), walking inside Al-Aqsa mosque during his visit to the holy compound in Arab east Jerusalem. / AFP / Ahmad GHARABLI
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Oman's Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi made a rare visit by such a senior Arab dignitary to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque Thursday and said the establishment of a Palestinian state was necessary to achieve stability and development in the region.Arab officials visit to pray at al-Aqsa occasionally, but the appearance by a country's top diplomat is comparatively rare, and will be interpreted as a signal of support for the Palestinian claim to East Jerusalem after the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December.Israel's government regards all of Jerusalem as the capital of the country. Palestinians feel equally strongly that East Jerusalem must be the capital of a future Palestinian state.
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