India, Oman agree to enhance defence cooperation

India, Oman agree to enhance defence cooperation

The Indian Navy Chief also met the Oman Air Force Chief to discuss issues of strategic importance.

The Dollar Business Bureau

India and Oman on Wednesday explored potential areas to enhance bilateral cooperation, as the navies from the two countries held meetings to discuss strategically important regional issues.

Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lamba met Oman's Defence Minister Bader al Busaidi, Commander of Royal Navy of Oman and Rear Admiral Abdullah bin Khamis Al Raisi on the second-leg of his two-day visit to Oman.

The two nations deliberated on bolstering engagement between their navies, amid the evolving security situations in the region. Lamba also met Chief of Royal Air Force of Oman Mattar Al Obaidani to jointly discuss the issues of strategic importance to both the countries.

The Indian navy chief is will also visit the Sultan Qaboos Naval Academy and the Said Bin Naval Base during his stay in Oman.

Earlier, Lamba visited UAE to meet the top brass of UAE's defence establishment. He explored ways to deepen the strategic partnership between the two nations.

Last year, India and Oman had inked an agreement to boost their defence ties during the Indian Minister’s two-day visit to the Gulf nation. They had agreed to work together on strengthening crime prevention at sea, defence, exchange flight safety information and maritime issues.

The Dollar Business Bureau - Mar 02, 2017 12:00 IST