India, Oman sign MoU on Defense Cooperation
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
New Delhi, Dec 06, IRNA
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Defence Cooperation was signed between India and Oman here today. The areas of cooperation envisaged in the MoU include exchange of expertise in military training and information technology, utilization of military and educational courses and programs, exchange of observers attending military exercises and exchange of formal visits.
According to the Press Release faxed to IRNA, by Press Information Bureau (PIB), the MoU was signed by the Minister Responsible for Defense Affairs of Oman Sayyid Badr Bin Saud Bin Hareb AI Busaidi and the Defense Minister of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee.
The MoU is expected to further enhance constructive interaction between the two countries and facilitate strengthening bilateral defense relations, including the supply of Indian equipment to Oman.
Earlier on his arrival at Defense Headquarters, the visiting dignitary was given a ceremonial Guard of Honour. The Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Arun Prakash, Defense Secretary Shri Shekhar Dutt, Secretary DRDO Shri M Natrajan and other senior civil and military officials called on him.
During his talks with Mukherjee, both the officials reviewed with satisfaction the high level of defense exchanges and cooperation. It may be recalled that the Navies of the two countries have conducted Joint Naval Exercises and there have been frequent exchange of visits of Naval Ships of both the countries.
India has a historically close and multifaceted relationship with Oman. The close political relationship between the two countries has been characterized by common understanding on issues of mutual concern. A 3,50,000 strong Indian community has significantly contributed to the economic development and other services including health care in Oman.
The Defense Minister of Oman is on a three-day state visit to India at the invitation of Mukherjee.
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