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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
07-June-2006 17:36 IST
Defence Cooperation between India and Oman
A delegation led by the Commander of the royal Army of Sultanate of Oman, Major General Said Bin Nasser Bin Sulaimar Al Salmi, is presently visiting India from 04 to 08 Jun 06. This visit was preceded by the visit of a training delegation, headed by the Director Training in the month of Apr 06, which visited various training establishments of the Army across the country. These visits aim at increasing the level of military cooperation between the armies of the Sultanate of Oman and India.

The visit of the delegation commenced by the laying of wreaths at the Amar Jawan Jyoti by Maj Gen Said Bin Nasser Bin Salaiman Al Salmi and Army Chief Gen JJ Singh at a solemn function on 05 Jun 06.

Enhanced interaction include the exchange of observers for military exercises and sending more officers to be trained at various Army schools of instruction. It may be recalled that Oman had sent military observers to witness Exercise ‘Desert Strike’ held in the deserts of Rajasthan in Apr 06 and it has now been reciprocated by extending an invitation for Indian military observers to witness the Gulf Cooperation Council Exercise slated to be held in 2007. Another area which has attracted the attention of the top hierarchy of the military leadership of Oman is the potential of the Indian defence production facilities.

The delegation visited the Line of Control in Kupwara Sector of the Kashmir Valley, where they were briefed about the insurgency situation prevailing in the area. They are also to visit various training establishments of Indian Army.

Increased defence cooperation with countries of the Middle East and the rest of the world is a recognition of India’s emerging status as a regional power.