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Oman’s Shura Council, equivalent to parliament, on Monday discussed broadening the scope of its boycott law against Israel, i24NEWS reported.

Council Vice-President Yaaqoub Al-Harethi said the amendment, proposed by several Council members, seeks to "expand the criminalization, boycott of this entity" and prohibit all contact with Israelis by any means, in person or virtual.

Monday’s session ended with the proposal referred to the Council's legislative committee, according to the report.

The decision is contrary to reports which surfaced on Sunday and which said that Oman would discuss lifting the boycott of Israel.

The move comes amid efforts to secure Omani approval for Israeli commercial flights to fly over the Gulf Arab state’s airspace, as well as speculation that the Sultanate could potentially join the Abraham Accords with Israel, following in the footsteps of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan.

In recent months, Israel has been pressuring Oman to allow flights from Israel to pass through its airspace. This comes after Saudi Arabia made a similar concession last July.

In October 2018, then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a surprise visit to Oman, and it seemed there was a warming of ties between the countries.

Later, then-Minister Yisrael Katz also visited Oman, where he presented a plan for the construction of a railway between Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf.

However, Oman’s Foreign Minister stated in 2019 that his country will not be the next in line to sign a normalization agreement with Israel.