India, Oman review bilateral cooperation in defence, economy, food security

In the extensive discussions held on Wednesday, foreign ministers of India and Oman noted the huge potential for expanding economic partnership given the strong complementarities between the economies.


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External Affairs minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in a virtual meeting with Oman Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood Albusaidi reviewed bilateral cooperation in key areas of strategic partnership namely defence and security, economic cooperation, capacity building and training, consular issues and people-to-people ties. 

In the extensive discussions held late Wednesday, both ministers noted the huge potential for expanding economic partnership given the strong complementarities between the economies.

The ministers emphasized the importance of health and food security in the coming times and the ability of the partnership of both countries to address them. They also exchanged views on regional and multilateral issues and agreed to maintain close cooperation in multilateral fora. 

Both the ministers agreed to resolve various issues and conflicts by peaceful means and through dialogue, support efforts to reduce tension and address its causes in a way that enhances the chances of achieving understanding, peace and harmony.

Jaishankar also conveyed greetings to Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr on the occasion of 50th National Day of Oman’s modern renaissance. He thanked the foreign minister and Government of Oman for support to the Indian community and excellent cooperation during COVID-19.

Both sides agreed to continue working closely to address the ongoing challenges emanating from the pandemic.

Jaishankar also appreciated Oman’s gesture of establishing Oman-India Friendship Association.

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First Published:Dec. 3, 2020, 1:38 p.m.

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