India & Oman renewed 2 Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) signed between the two sides in 2018 for Military cooperation along with its annexure on maritime issues.
- The MoU on military cooperation was signed by Secretary General of the Ministry of Defense, Oman Dr Mohammed bin Nasser Al Zaabi and Ambassador of India to Oman – Munu Mahawar at the Ministry of Defense, Muscat.
- The MoU for cooperation on maritime issues was signed by the Commander of Royal Navy of Oman, the Head of Maritime Security Committee, Rear Admiral Saif bin Nasser Al Rahbi & India’s ambassador to Oman – Munu Mahawar at the Maritime Security Centre ,Muscat.
- The pacts were signed in 2018 during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Oman.
- It allowed the use of Strategically located Duqm Port, Oman and dry dock for maintenance of Indian military vessels.
- During the time of signing, it was seen as a move by India to counter China’s rising influence in the Indian Ocean Region.
- Oman is the first Gulf nation to have formalized defence relations with India.
India’s Military Exercises with Oman
Al Nagah – joint military exercise between Indian and Royal Army of Oman (RAO)
Naseem Al Bahr – Bilateral Maritime Exercise between Indian Navy & Royal Navy of Oman (RNO)
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Sultan – Haitham bin Tariq Al Said
Capital – Muscat
Currency – Omani Rial (OMR)