In 1983 Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah was appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and later Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, a role he fulfilled with great distinction until 2020, becoming one of the longest serving ministers responsible for foreign policy in the world.
In 1985 the Ministry moved into its current premises on Al Kharjiyah Street in Muscat close to the Diplomatic enclave.
Throughout the 1990s Oman’s international diplomacy remained committed to dialogue and the search for peace. Border agreements were reached with neighbours, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Yemeni Republic and the United Arab Emirates.
From 1991, under the leadership of Sultan Qaboos, Oman became an active participant in the Madrid peace process. Oman established diplomatic dialogue with Israel in 1993. In 1994 Yitzhak Rabin visited Oman, making it the first Gulf country to receive an Israeli Prime Minister.