PM Narendra Modi holds talks with Sultan of Oman Haitham Bin Tarik in New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Sultan of Oman Haitham Bin Tarik in New Delhi on Saturday.

 The discussions were comprehensive and constructive and covered maritime cooperation, trade and investment cooperation, and cooperation in new areas like space and financial technology. Briefing media after the meeting, Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra said both leaders shared concerns on the problems of terrorism. They also discussed possible elements of cooperation in the field of energy security, particularly green energy.

 The talks were both in restricted format and in the delegation level format and covered a wide range of areas in the bilateral cooperation. The Foreign Secretary said the talks reflected the multifaceted nature of the India-Oman bilateral relationship. He said India and Oman are partners for maritime security in the western Indian Ocean. Both sides enjoy robust and multidimensional defence engagement. Oman is also host to a large Indian diaspora. In terms of trade and commercial relationships, bilateral trade stood at 12 and a half billion dollars in 2022-23.

 The Leaders also exchanged perspectives on regional and international issues. The two Leaders adopted India Oman Joint Vision Partnership For the Future. The Joint Vision envisages path for the bilateral engagement which is rooted in India's Development Vision under Prime Minister's Amrit Kaal vision and Oman's Vision 2040, which is their national development blueprint. This Vision Document focuses on building partnerships in broadly 8 to 10 areas. These include maritime cooperation and connectivity, energy security, space, digital payments, health, tourism, hospitality, agriculture and food security.

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