India’s diplomacy has made a big impact on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Oman. An important strategic agreement between India and Oman was agreed on which the Indian Navy would be able to access the Dukk Port of Oman. This agreement is very important for India’s strategic presence in the western part of the Indian Ocean and its strategic importance is also there. The big deal is that in this year, the joint military exercises of India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the Persian Gulf in March this year. It is clear from this that India’s presence will gradually be correct but effective in the Gulf.
During his visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a delegation level talks with Sultan Qabus (bin Saeed al-Sayeed) of Oman. Between the leaders of the two countries, there was a discussion on the strategic partners about enhancing cooperation on trade and investment, energy, defense and security, food security and regional issues. Sultan Qaboos appreciated the ‘hard and honest’ contribution of Indians in the development of Oman. After the talks, the two sides signed eight agreements. It also includes a MoU on legal and judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters. The two countries also signed an agreement on the cooperation between the Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of External Affairs, India and Oman Diplomatic Institute. An agreement has been signed between the National Defense College of Oman and the Institute of Defense Studies and Analysis Institute of India, both of which signed the Agreement on Military Cooperation. ‘Secretary General’ Mohammad bin Nasser Al Rasabi in the Ministry of Defense of Oman said that there are several areas of cooperation with the Indian side. Whether there is joint practice or exchange of experience between training or curriculum i.e. both sides and some defense purchases and projects, there are many possibilities of cooperation in this. Indian Ambassador Indraman Pandey said that the signing of the MoU will strengthen the cooperation between the two countries. He said that a large number of Indian companies are working in Oman and have made significant investments in ‘Free Zone’ and ports. Pandey said that the trade between the two countries is estimated at $ 5.5 billion this year.