India-Oman Strategic Dialogue - Print - 20/01/23

Recently, the 8th India-Oman strategic dialogue was held in India, where both countries have underlined the need to work collectively to fight the challenge of terrorism, terrorist propaganda, abuse of cyberspace and misuse of new and emerging technologies.
->Highlights of the Dialogue:
-Both sides highlighted the high priority accorded by the leadership of both countries to further enhance their strategic ties based on trust and mutual respect.
-Discussions were held on a wide range of issues of mutual interest, including bilateral strategic and security cooperation, defence and regional security.
-Both sides reiterated the importance of preserving Maritime Safety and Security in the region.
-Both sides reiterated the importance of the strategic dialogue as an important mechanism of bilateral cooperation between India and Oman.

->Key Points of India-Oman Relationship:
a. Background:
-The two countries across the Arabian Sea are linked by geography, history and culture and enjoy warm and cordial relations, which are attributed to historical maritime trade linkages.
-The Sultanate of Oman is a strategic partner of India in the Gulf and an important interlocutor at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Arab League and Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) fora.

->Defence Relations:
-Joint Military Cooperation Committee (JMCC):
The JMCC is the highest forum of engagement between India and Oman in the field of defence, but not organised since 2018
-Military Exercises:
a. Army exercise: Al Najah
b. Air Force exercise: Eastern Bridge
c. Naval Exercise: Naseem Al Bahr
-Economic & Commercial Relations:
Institutional mechanisms like Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) and Joint Business Council (JBC) oversee economic cooperation between India and Oman. India is among Oman’s top trading partners.

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