Ninth India-Oman Strategic Dialogue held in Muscat

Story by  ATV | Posted by  Sumana | Date 27-02-2024
The Ninth Strategic Dialogue of India and Oman  took place in Muscat
The Ninth Strategic Dialogue of India and Oman took place in Muscat



The Ninth Strategic Dialogue at the level of Deputy National Security Advisers of the National Security Council Secretariats of India and Oman was held in Muscat, Oman on 26 February 2024.

Shri Vikram Misri, Deputy National Security Adviser, National Security Council Secretariat represented India at the dialogue. This dialogue, which began in 2014, has been regularly held annually, alternatively in India and Oman. The dialogue could not be held in 2021 and 2022 on account of the Covid Pandemic.

Shri Misri also called on H.E. Gen. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Nomani, Minister of Royal Office, Sultanate of Oman during his visit to Muscat for the Ninth Strategic Dialogue. He expressed his deep appreciation for the close cooperation between India and Oman and expressed the hope that India-Oman ties would continue to grow.

The Strategic Dialogue was held in a frank and constructive manner and both sides held discussions on various issues of regional and bilateral concern. They discussed the regional security situation resulting from the Gaza conflict, including in the Red Sea, GCC region and the Middle East in general. On the bilateral front, both sides recalled the highly successful visit last year of His Majesty, the Sultan of Oman to India. The Indian side also thanked Oman for their participation and cooperation in making the G20 Summit held in New Delhi last year a successful event.

Highlighting the historical nature of bilateral ties, both sides noted the positive impact of people-to-people contacts between India and Oman. India thanked Oman for hosting a large number of Indians, who had contributed positively to the development of Oman. It was agreed that the waters between India and Oman acted as a link between the two countries. Both sides noted that discussions on the signing of a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement were progressing and that its early finalization would benefit both nations.

It was agreed that all existing bilateral issues on which agreement had been reached would be closely followed up and new areas for cooperation identified. In this context, discussions were held on strategic, military and security cooperation, apart from cooperation in disaster management, Oceanography and Artificial Intelligence. Both sides reaffirmed the long-standing ties between India and Oman and reiterated their commitment to taking all possible steps to maintain high levels of cooperation.

Both sides also agreed that progress had been achieved on several fronts since the last dialogue in New Delhi in early 2023 and expressed the hope that momentum gained could be maintained. The Tenth round of the India-Oman Strategic Dialogue will be held in New Delhi next year.