Security Northern Indian Ocean- India Oman Strengthen Cooperation
Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar is on a visit to Sultanate of Oman on 24 December 2019 at the invitation of his Omani counterpart Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, who last visited India in July 2017.
An agreement for cooperation in the field Maritime Transport will be signed during the visit. EAM will also interact with the Indian community in Muscat during the visit.
The Sultanate of Oman is a strategic partner of India and the two countries are linked closely by geography, history and culture and enjoy warm and cordial relations attributed to historical maritime trade linkages as well as close links of the Oman’s Royal family with India.
India has been giving enhanced importance to Oman which is on the strategic energy SLOCS in the Northern Arabia Sea.
The visit of Prime Minister Modi to Oman in February 2018 was path breaking and has led to further consolidation of our close ties as well as identifying new areas of cooperation.
India and Oman finalised an agreement during the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Oman in February 2018.
The website of the Port of Duqm underlines the importance thus, “Situated on the southeastern seaboard of the Sultanate of Oman, overlooking the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean beyond, Port of Duqm is fast becoming an important reality of the Middle East region’s rapidly transforming maritime landscape. With its deep draft, lengthy quay walls, and expansive basin, Port of Duqm has the trappings of a world-class, multipurpose commercial gateway and as the principal anchor of a huge Special Economic Zone envisioned at Duqm, it also has the potential to develop into one of the Middle East’s largest ports over the long term”.
The Web sites add, “At the heart of Port of Duqm’s appeal is its strategic geopolitical location, far removed from Strait of Hormuz and the Arabian Gulf. It is this advantageous location that the Omani government seeks to leverage as it sets out to position Duqm as a safe, stable and business-friendly destination for industrial and economic investment.
In another indicator in his first foreign visit abroad, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Chief of the Air Staff visited Oman to witness the Bilateral Indo-Oman Joint Exercise: Eastern Bridge to witness the ongoing Bilateral Indo-Oman Joint Exercise: Eastern Bridge, between the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) and the Indian Air Force at RAFO base in Masirah, Oman.