Eight agreements were signed by India and Oman to cooperate in the fields of tourism, health and trade & investment, among others, after Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister, held talks on a broad range of issues with Qaboos bin Said al Said, the Sultan of Oman.
Modi led delegation-level discussions with Sultan on 11 February after he arrived in Muscat from Dubai.
Raveesh Kumar, the Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson, was quoted by Press Trust of India as tweeting that Narendra Modi held discussions with the Sultan of Oman to enhance cooperation in trade & investment, energy, food security, regional issues and defence and security.
Sultan Qaboos is said to have welcomed the contribution of Indian nationals, who, he said, were honest and hard-working, in Oman’s development.
Following the discussions, both the countries also inked a MoU on judicial and legal cooperation in civil and commercial matters. An agreement was also signed on mutual visa waiver for holders of official, special, service diplomatic and official passports, besides a MoU on cooperation in the areas of tourism, health and outer space’s peaceful uses.
Both the parties also signed an agreement on cooperation between Oman’s Diplomatic Institute, Foreign Service Institute and Ministry of External Affairs, India.
Modi, while addressing the Indian diaspora in Muscat earlier, said that the relations between India and Oman remained continuously strong despite the crises in the political climate of both the nations.
He also mentioned the crucial role the Indian diaspora had played in improving the relations between both the countries.
The Gulf region is home to more than nine million Indians workers, and they are also the largest expatriate community in Oman.
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