Muscat: India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, V Muraleedharan, will pay a two-day visit to the Sultanate of Oman from October 3-4.
India’s External Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Sunday that this was the Indian Minister’s second visit to the Sultanate of Oman and was part of the periodic exchange of high-level visits aimed at enhancing the joint commitment to the growing relationship between the Sultanate of Oman and India.
During the visit, the Indian Foreign Minister will meet Omani Foreign Minister Badr Al-Busaidi and a number of dignitaries, and engage in discussions on bilateral, regional and international issues of common interest.
The Sultanate of Oman and India enjoy friendly relations supported by historical and cultural ties and strong ties between the two peoples, and the visit will provide an opportunity for a comprehensive review of the state of bilateral relations and to trace paths to deepen them further.
Oman-India relations span decades, due to the geography between the two countries and their presence on the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea, in addition to the desire of the leaders of the two countries to constantly strengthen Cooperation.
The Indian consulate opened in Muscat in February 1955, and it was upgraded to a consulate general in 1960, then a full embassy in 1971, and the first Indian ambassador to Muscat arrived in 1973.
Indo-Omani cooperation includes broad sectors of trade, investment and energy-related activities, as well as cooperation in the military field, particularly the maritime sector in the Indian Ocean.
As part of strengthening relations and transferring them to more solid levels, the current Omani Foreign Minister visited India on March 24, 2022, and then discussed with his Indian counterpart Jaishankar the strengthening of cooperation. joint effort in many fields, particularly those related to renewable energies. energy and protection of navigation in the Arabian Sea.
The two sides agreed to expedite the conclusion of negotiations on the bilateral investment protocol, avoidance of double taxation and prevention of financial evasion on income taxes.