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Modi's Gulf visit: India, Oman signs 8 agreements as PM meets Sultan Qaboos

Sultan Qaboos appreciated the contribution of "honest and hard working" Indian nationals in the development of Oman

Press Trust of India  |  Muscat 

PM Modi with Sultan Qaboos
Photo: Twitter (@MEAIndia)

today held wide-ranging talks with the Sultan of Oman as the two sides signed eight agreements, including pacts on cooperation in the field of defence, and tourism.

Modi, who arrived here from Dubai on the last leg of his three-nation tour, led delegation-level talks with and discussed measures to strengthen cooperation in trade and investment, energy, defence, security, food security and regional issues.

"Charting out new frontiers in our bilateral relationship, PM @narendramodi led delegation-level talks with of Oman. The two strategic partners discussed to strengthen cooperation in trade & investment, energy, & security, food security and regional issues," Spokesperson tweeted.

appreciated the contribution of "honest and hard working" in the development of Oman.

After their talks, the two sides signed eight agreements, including an on legal and judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters.

They also signed an agreement on mutual visa exemption for holders of diplomatic, special, service and official passports and an on cooperation in the field of health, tourism and peaceful uses of outer space.

The two countries also signed an agreement on cooperation between Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of External Affairs, India and Oman's Diplomatic Institute.

An on academic and scholarly cooperation between National College, Sultanate of Oman and the Institute for Studies and Analyses.

The two sides also signed annexure to the on military cooperation.

During his two-day visit, Modi will also meet Deputy for the Council of Ministers Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said and Deputy for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs Sayyid Asa'ad bin Tariq Al Said.

Earlier, addressing the Indian diaspora at the Sports Complex in Oman's capital, Modi said the ties of India and Oman have always remained strong despite the ups and downs in the political environment in both the countries.

He also said that Indian diaspora has played an essential role in strengthening these ties.

India and Oman have thriving links rooted in centuries-old people-to-people exchanges, Modi said.

More than nine million Indians work and live in the Gulf region. In Oman, they constitute the largest expatriate community.

On the first leg of his trip, Modi had travelled to Ramallah, becoming the first Indian to make an official visit to Palestine. From there he visited the UAE, before arriving in Oman.

First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 07:06 IST
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