Oman is home to over 800,000 expatriate Indians and Modi, in a community gathering earlier on February 12, praised their role in the Gulf country's development.
"This visit has helped in building upon the centuries-old ties between our enterprising people, and will impart a substantial momentum to our relations in all spheres, including trade and investment relations", Modi said".
As India seeks to pursue multi-dimensional engagement with the Middle East, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's latest visit to the region has merely underscored the growing salience of the region in the Indian foreign policy matrix.
During the day, Prime Minister Modi met with Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers and Sayyid Asa'ad bin Tariq al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs and Personal Representative of His Majesty the Sultan.
After their talks, the two sides signed eight agreements, including an MoU on legal and judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters. These include three memorandums of understanding on cooperation in the fields of health, outer space, diplomacy and defence studies and analyses. There is also growing convergence between the two countries on tackling terrorism.
The two sides also signed annexutre to the MoU on military cooperation. Modi offered India's partnership and cooperation in areas such as minerals and mining, manufacturing, logistics, infrastructure, tourism, agriculture and fisheries, IT and IT enabled-services, skills development, innovation etc. He said Indian investments are estimated at United States dollars 1.8 billion in two projects in Special Economic Zone in Duqm (SEZD). At the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Oman's capital, Modi mentioned that India's image had suffered in the previous regime and his government worked hard to change the "style of misgovernance". He also prayed at the 125-yearold Shiva temple in Muscat, one of the oldest in the region. The prime minister had also addressed the Indian community last night.
"The Prime Minister expressed his admiration at the ongoing efforts and plans that the Sultanate of Oman is making to diversify its economy and welcomed the invitation to Indian companies to invest in various sectors in the special economic zones of Oman, including SEZs in Duqm, Sohar and Salalah". He thanked the UAE for being a reliable partner in India's energy security and invited the Crown Prince to visit India.