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India keen to boost military sales to Oman

business Updated: Dec 03, 2007 19:35 IST

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India is keen to enhance defence cooperation with Oman, including stepping up its arms sales and training military personnel of the Gulf nation.

The two countries agreed to boost cooperation between their armed forces including an increase in information sharing, especially between the navies, during talks between India's Defence Secretary Vijay Singh, who is currently visiting Oman, with the country's Defence Minister Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Hareb Al Busaidi, in Muscat yesterday.

India is seeking to increase the supply of spare parts for common military equipment to Oman, which is currently very low, a senior Indian official said.

Indian ambassador to Oman, Anil Wadhwa, told PTI over phone from Muscat today that the talks, held as part of the joint consultative mechanism, went off well.

The Indian defence delegation also visited various Omani military bases and the talks will continue on Tuesday, Wadhwa added.

The two sides also agreed on regular visits by respective service chiefs.

During the meeting, the existing cooperation between the two countries in military fields were reviewed, media reports said. The talks also covered training for personnel of the Omani armed forces in India.

Undersecretary at Oman's Ministry of Defence Mohammed bin Nasir Al Rasbi and Indian Ambassador Anil Wadhwa also attended the meeting.

Singh also met the Chief of Staff of the Sultan's Armed Forces, Lieutenant-General Ahmed bin Harith Al Nabhani and the two exchanged views on matters of common concern.