Modi will start his Middle East tour from Palestine, from exactly where he will depart late on February 10 for the UAE. After a busy day in the UAE, packed with programmes on February 11, Modi will arrive in Muscat in the evening.
In a media briefing in New Delhi on Tuesday, MEA stated that PM Modi will travel to Oman from Dubai on February 11, exactly where he will be welcomed with a ceremonial reception at the airport. “He will straight go in for a big community event (at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Bausher). He is travelling to Oman for the first time. Oman is a very important strategic partner of ours. Our prime ministers have been visiting Oman on a regular basis,” stated MEA.
On February 12, Modi will meet Omani CEOs and pay a visit to Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in the afternoon.
The MEA stated that Oman is positioned at a extremely crucial geo-strategic spot. “Oman is practically our next-door neighbour. We reach Oman earlier than we reach Kerala. We have done a lot in Oman in the past several years. Our defence cooperation is one-of-a-kind in the entire Gulf. With Oman we conduct all three military exercises i.e. army, navy and air force.”
MEA mentioned that Modi’s pay a visit to is getting undertaken as component of a bigger physical exercise to fulfil the government’s agenda. “Our effort during these visits is to broad base engagement with these countries towards more strategic sphere both in trade and investment and defence and security.”
According to MEA, the six GCC nations account for virtually 20 per cent of trade, creating them the biggest trading regional block for India i.e. about US$110bn of trade.
The Indian diaspora in the GCC is now 9mn, with annual remittance at US$35bn.
Information Source: Muscat Daily