A New Reality Confronts India in the Middle East

A New Reality Confronts India in the Middle East

A New Reality Confronts India in the Middle East

Describing his visit to Oman as the "beginning of a new era in India's relationship with the West Asian country", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the visit will impart a substantial momentum to relations between India and Oman in all spheres, including trade and investment relations.

India and Oman have chose to coordinate efforts to counter "misuse" of religion by groups and states for perpetrating acts of terror and urged the worldwide community to take action against entities which use terrorism as an instrument of policy.

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During the auspicious days and festivals, more than 15,000 devotees visit the temple to offer their prayers.

On Sunday during his meeting with Sultan of Oman Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, Modi voiced his appreciation of the Indian expatriates for their contributions to Oman's development.

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Addressing around 50 Omani chief executives at the Oman-India Business Meet in Muscat, Modi said that the reforms were aimed at preparing India for the 21st century and make it a global manufacturing hub.

"This Oman visit is one I will cherish for a long time to come", Modi tweeted before concluding his two-day visit to Oman during which the two countries signed eight agreements, including one on enhancing defence cooperation. "We believe in the importance of a possible Indian role to reach a final agreement based on worldwide consensus and resolutions", President Abbas had suggested before Modi's visit. In their joint statement, the two countries "reiterated their condemnation for efforts, including by states, to use religion to justify, support and sponsor terrorism against other countries, or to use terrorism as instrument of state policy". China's expanding footprint in the Indian Ocean Region has alerted India to the possibility of strengthening security ties with littoral states.

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Modi, who arrived here from Dubai on the last leg of his three-nation tour, led delegation-level talks with Qaboos bin Said al Said and discussed measures to strengthen cooperation in trade and investment, energy, defence, security, food security and regional issues. India gets access to strategic Oman port for military use, reconnaissance aircraft. But bureaucratic inertia In New Delhi continues to hamper India's outreach. This will be crucial as traditional powers like the United States and Russian Federation are busy in militarily jostling with each other even as USA stakes in the region are declining by the day. While India is still stuck in the age-old debates of Israel-Arab rivalry, West Asia has moved on. In the end, Modi's visit underlined this new reality for India.

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