India, Oman reiterate commitment, discuss global issues of concern
India and Oman have reiterated their commitment in various fields. A joint statement on the official visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been issued to highlight the main issues discussed.
The statement said that this visit comes in recognition of the growing strategic relations between the Sultanate of Oman and India, and as per the invitation of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. The statement pointed out that His Majesty the Sultan received Modi on Sunday at Bait al Baraka. His Majesty the Sultan hosted a dinner in honour of the Indian Prime Minister and the accompanying delegation.
The joint statement added that His Majesty the Sultan and the Indian Prime Minister exchanged views on bilateral, regional and global issues of common interest. The statement further said that the Indian Prime Minister also received H H Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers and H H Sayyid Asa’ad bin Tariq al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs and Personal Representative of His Majesty the Sultan.
The two sides expressed satisfaction over the current state of bilateral relations, especially the robust security and defence cooperation, and agreed to further expand their cooperation to new areas of mutual interest, including inter-alia, space, cybersecurity, energy security, renewable energy and food security etc with a view to take the strategic partnership to a higher level.
The two sides welcomed the signing of various agreements and MoUs during the visit, which would further consolidate and expand cooperation between the two countries. The two sides acknowledged the common threat posed by terrorism to peace and security and agreed to continue working together bilaterally, regionally and globally to counter this menace.
They also agreed to enhance cooperation in the fields of law enforcement, anti-money laundering and prevention of smuggling of currency, drug trafficking, human trafficking, illegal migration and other transnational organised crimes. Both sides expressed satisfaction at the signing of an annexure to the existing MoU on Military Cooperation between the defence ministries.
The Indian Prime Minister also thanked His Majesty the Sultan for the Omani assistance during ‘Operation Rahat’ conducted by India to evacuate Indian and foreign nationals from Yemen in March-April 2015. Both sides underlined the ongoing transformation of the economies of India and Oman and emphasised the importance of expanding trade and investment ties.
Modi expressed his admiration at the ongoing efforts and plans the Sultanate of Oman is making to diversify its economy and welcomed the invitation to Indian companies to invest in various sectors in the special economic zones of Oman, including SEZs in Duqm, Sohar and Salalah.
Modi offered India’s partnership and cooperation in areas of priority, such as minerals and mining, manufacturing, logistics, infrastructure, tourism, agriculture and fisheries, IT and IT-enabled services, skills development and innovation. Modi also thanked His Majesty the Sultan for the warm welcome and invited him to pay an official visit to India.