Strategic Dialogue: India-Oman Focus on Maintaining Momentum in Bilateral Relations

Foreign Affairs

Muscat / New Delhi:  India and Oman discussed various issues including the regional security situation, particularly in light of conflicts such as the one in Gaza, affecting areas like the Red Sea at the ninth strategic dialogue which took place in Muscat, Oman, on February 26, 2024. The two countries also talked about the GCC region, and the broader Middle East. Bilaterally, both sides recalled about the successful visit of His Majesty, the Sultan of Oman, to India the previous year.

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The India – Oman strategic dialogue, which commenced in 2014, has been an annual event, alternating between India and Oman. However, it couldn’t convene in 2021 and 2022 due to the Covid pandemic. Vikram Misri, the Deputy National Security Adviser from the National Security Council Secretariat represented India.

During his visit to Muscat for the ninth strategic dialogue, Misri also met with General Sultan bin Mohammed Al Nomani, the Minister of Royal Office, Sultanate of Oman. He expressed profound appreciation for the close cooperation between India and Oman and hoped for the continued growth of their ties. India also thanked Oman for its participation and support during the G20 Summit held in New Delhi, contributing to its success.

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The dialogue covered various regional and bilateral concerns. Recognising the historical depth of their ties, both nations highlighted the positive impact of people-to-people exchanges. India expressed gratitude for Oman’s hospitality towards its large expatriate community, which has played a constructive role in Oman’s development. The significance of the waters between India and Oman as a connecting link was emphasised, along with discussions on progressing towards a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.

Affirming their commitment to addressing existing bilateral issues and exploring new avenues of cooperation, including strategic, military, and security domains, as well as disaster management, oceanography, and artificial intelligence, both sides reflected on progress since the previous dialogue in New Delhi in early 2023 and expressed optimism about maintaining momentum. The tenth round of the India-Oman strategic dialogue is slated to be held in New Delhi next year.

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