OMAN: NSA Doval Meets with Sultan and Foreign Minister
India’s high-level engagement with the Arab world continued as Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to India from Egypt, where he signed a strategic partnership agreement with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. On Monday, NSA Ajit Doval traveled to the Sultanate of Oman to strengthen bilateral cooperation, including in defense and security.
According to the Indian government, Doval called on Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tarik and gave him a personal greeting from Modi. Doval also discussed potential bilateral cooperation in technology, military affairs, and mining with Oman’s foreign minister Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi, according to the Oman News Agency.
NSA also had extensive discussions with Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi, the foreign minister, and General Sultan bin Mohammed Al Nomani, the minister of the royal office. The talks allowed for a high-level assessment of the intricate bilateral ties between India and the Sultanate of Oman, focusing on enhancing their complementary cooperation in crucial areas for economic and technological development, shared security, and regional stability, according to a statement from the government.
The government claims that the NSA’s visit demonstrated the close bilateral ties between India and Oman, the value of the Arab nation as one of India’s most important Gulf allies, and India’s dedication to advancing its strategic alliance with the Sultanate.
According to the government, “the visit offered a venue for high-level engagements and further cemented the strong bonds of friendship between India and the Sultanate of Oman.”
The two officials also spoke about a variety of regional and global issues, underscoring how important it is for the leaders of the two nations to promote policies that encourage international cooperation and constructive dialogue, according to the Omani news agency.