Antony leaves for Oman, to discuss maritime security
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Last Updated: Monday, May 17, 2010, 20:48
New Delhi: Defence Minister AK Antony Monday embarked on a two-day visit to Oman where the two sides will discuss maritime security issues, including piracy in the Gulf of Aden and terrorism.

During his stay in Muscat, Antony will meet Omani Defence Minister Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib Al Busaidi and the two sides would finalise areas of co-operation and military-to-military relationship, Defence Ministry officials said here.

The minister is accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar.

Antony would also hold discussions with the top leadership of the Sultanate of Oman and meet the Indian community members working there.

India and Oman share a vibrant military cooperation. In October last year, Jaguar fighter jet of the Indian Air Force flew to Oman to participate in the first joint air exercise with the Royal Air Force of Oman.

The Gulf country has also shown a keen interest in buying India's indigenous infantry rifle, the INSAS, for which trials are currently in progress.

Following the signing of a protocol agreement on military relations between India and Oman in 1972, the last decade has seen strengthening of military relations between the two countries.

At present, there exists a two-tier arrangement for defence cooperation -- a Joint Military Cooperation Commission and Air Force-to-Air Force Staff talks -- between India and Oman.


First Published: Monday, May 17, 2010, 20:48

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