Sultanate, India Sign MoUs to Boost Joint Action on Strategic Relations

The Sultanate signed a number of

memoranda of understanding (MoUs) today with the friendly Republic

of India to consolidate the joint work on strategic relations between the

two friendly countries, within the framework of the visit of Narendra

Modi, Indian Prime Minister to the Sultanate.

Singing the MoUs comes to enhance the Omani-Indian historic

relations, which are currently witnessing prosperous, growing stage.

The first agreement represented in the mutual exemption of visas

for holders of diplomatic, official, private and service passports, which

was signed on behalf of the Sultanate’s Government by Sheikh Hilal

bin Marhoon al-Ma’amari, Head of the West Asia Department at the

Foreign Ministry whilst it was signed on behalf of the Indian

Government by Indra Mani Pandey, Indian Ambassador to the

Sultanate.

The second MoU was signed between the Omani Diplomatic

Institute and its Indian counterpart. It was signed on behalf of the

Sultanate’s Government by Zainab bint Ali al-Qasmiyah, Director of the

Diplomatic Institute whilst it was signed on behalf of the Indian

Government by Indra Mani Pandey, Indian Ambassador to the

Sultanate.

The third MoU was signed between the Ministry of Defense and

the Indian Ministry of Defense on the provision of facilities for the visit of

the Indian military vessels to Duqm Port in terms of services and the

use of the dry-dock for maintenance. It was signed on behalf of the

Government of the Sultanate by Mohammed bin Nasser al-Rasbi,

Secretary General of the Ministry of Defense whilst it was signed from

the Indian side by Indra Mani Pandey, Indian Ambassador to the

Sultanate.

The fourth MoU was signed between the National Defense

College (NDC) and the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

(IDSA) in India. It was signed on behalf of the Government of the

Sultanate by Maj.Gen Salim bin Musallam Qatan, NDC Commandant

whilst it was signed from the Indian side by Indra Mani Pandey, Indian

Ambassador to the Sultanate.

Additionally, the two sides signed an agreement on legal and

judicial cooperation in civil and commercial affairs. It was signed on

behalf of the Sultanate’s Government by Eng. Ahmed bin Hassan al-

Dheeb, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry

whilst it was signed from the Indian side by Indra Mani Pandey, Indian

Ambassador to the Sultanate.

The two sides signed MoU in the field of health. It was signed on

behalf of the Sultanate’s Government by Dr. Ali bin Talib al-Hinai,

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for Planning Affairs whilst it

was signed from the Indian side by Indra Mani Pandey, Indian

Ambassador to the Sultanate.

Further, the two sides signed MoU in the field of tourism. It was

signed on behalf of the Sultanate’s Government by Sheikh Hilal bin

Marhoon al-Ma’amari, Head of the West Asia Department at the

Foreign Ministry whilst it was signed on behalf of the Indian

Government by Indra Mani Pandey, Indian Ambassador to the

Sultanate.

The two sides also signed MoU in the field of peaceful use of

space. It was signed on behalf of the Government of the Sultanate by

Eng. Salim bin Abdullah al-Nu’aimi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of

Transport and Communications for Transport Affairs whilst it was

signed from the Indian Side by Indra Mani Pandey, Indian Ambassador

to the Sultanate.

During signing ceremony of those MoUs that took place at the

Foreign Ministry, the Sultanate’s initial accession to the International

Solar Alliance was announced. It is based in the Republic of India.

Mohammed bin Nasser al-Rasbi, Secretary General of the

Ministry of Defense pointed out that there are many areas of

cooperation with the Indian side, whether in the field of joint exercises

or trainings or courses, as well as exchange of experiences between

the two sides and some defense purchases and projects. He added

that the MoU signed today with the Indian Ministry of Defense is an

addition to the ways of developing military cooperation to serve the

common interests of the two friendly countries.

Eng. Ahmed bin Hassan al-Dheeb, Undersecretary of the Ministry

of Commerce and Industry said that Indian investments in the

Sultanate are witnessing a continuous increase in various economic,

service, industrial and tourism sectors. He pointed out that the

agreement on legal and judicial cooperation in civil and commercial

matters signed today between the governments of the Sultanate and

India would increase cooperation in this regard between the two

countries.

Eng. Salem bin Abdullah al-Nu’aimi, Undersecretary of the

Ministry of Transport and Communications for Transport Affairs, said

that the MoU in the field of peaceful use of space provides for

cooperation in the fields of satellites used in navigation systems, space

sciences and exploration, sharing experiences between the two

countries and exchanging visits of specialists in this field, in addition to

exchange of scientific experiment results, joint organisation of courses,

conferences, meetings and symposia and the promotion of cooperation

in exploration and utilisation of outer space between the government,

the private sector and the academic institutions of both countries.

Indra Mani Pandey, Indian Ambassador to the Sultanate said that

signing these MoUs, which cover many different fields and sectors,

comes to promote cooperation between the two friendly countries. He

hoped that the bilateral cooperation between the two sides would

expand through these MoUs to a wider and more advanced level.

He praised the Omani-Indian deep relations, saying: “These

relations are strategic partnership relations”. He pointed out that there

is a close cooperation between the Ministries of Defense and security

agencies in both countries, in addition to other areas, such as health,

tourism, information technology and other fields.

The Indian ambassador to the Sultanate said in a statement to

Oman News Agency (ONA) that the Indian companies have a strong

and effective presence in the Omani economy and have significant

investments in the Omani zones and ports in Sohar and Salalah. He

added that there is an Indian investment estimated at USD 1.8 billion in

two projects in Special Economic Zone in Duqm (SEZD).

On the volume of trade exchange between the two countries, he

said that the volume of trade exchange during this year is expected to

reach USD 5.5 billion through increasing trade partnership between the

two friendly countries.

Source: Oman News Agency