National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 26 September 2018
Sayyid Badr Saud Harib Al Busaidi, the Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs, Sultanate of Oman, is on an official visit to India at the invitation of Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman.
The Omani Minister met with Raksha Mantri in South Block today afternoon. The Ministers undertook a comprehensive review of bilateral defence cooperation and discussed measures to further enhance bilateral exchanges.
India and Oman share strong and multifaceted defence ties. The three wings of the Armed Forces hold staff talks and advanced joint exercises with each other. Several enabling agreements and Memoranda of Understanding have been signed between the two countries pertaining to defence related issues.
During today’s meeting, both Ministers agreed upon a range of measures to enhance the defence relationship between the two countries. Cooperation in maritime security and defence industry engagement were prioritized for future engagement.
Both Ministers also shared their perspectives on recent developments related to regional security.
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