The Indian Navy is now able to access the facilities at Duqm airport in Oman. This was during Indian Prime Minister visit to Oman that gave India a foothold in enlarging its neighborhood. Mr. Narendra Modi met Sultan of Oman; Sayyid Qaboos Bin said Al Saud and some legal documents were signed between the two countries. And now, the services of an airport and dry dock will be available for Indian military vessels. Duqm has seen a rapid change in Indian activities. It was in September last year when India deployed a submarine to this port in the Arabian Sea.
Both sides expressed satisfaction at the signing of an annexure to the existing MoU on Military Cooperation between the defence ministries, – sources said.
Oman is currently developing Duqm port along with a special economic zone as a regional economic hub. India has shown interest to participate in the Duqm port complex. This will give India greater access to West Asia where it has stepped up strategic and economic engagements,” – Oman’s Ambassador to India (Hamed Saif Al-Rawahi) told before his visit.
An Indo – Oman joint statement was released at the end –
“The two sides agreed to enhance cooperation to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf and the Indian Ocean regions, vital for the security and prosperity of both countries. “
India is gearing for a partnership with France as well Oman for its outreach in the different parts especially the western part of the Indian Ocean region.