Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf Bin Alawi announced on Monday that there is no diplomatic normalization with Israel, saying that what has been an apparent warming of relations between the two is “a peaceful process to find a settlement for the Palestinian cause that guarantees their rights and the interests of all.”

Addressing a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Alawi said Oman backs a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and refuted the notion that his country is working on Israel’s behalf.

In October, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin visited Oman and met with its ruler, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who has led his country for nearly 50 years.

It was the first visit by an Israeli prime minister to the country since Shimon Peres in 1996.