This forum aims at uplifting Omani and Indian entrepreneurs to conduct successful businesses with the other. PM Modi will also meet with Omani CEOs and share possibilities of greater investment in India.
On the people to people and cultural ties front, PM Modi will visit the Sultan Qaboos Mosque. He will also visit a Shiva Temple in Muscat. This ancient temple was constructed by the Merchant community from Gujarat settled in Oman centuries ago. Originally constructed nearly 109 years ago, it was extensively renovated in 1999. The temple is all decked up for Mahashivratri.
Oman is a close and important geo-strategic neighbour. Defence cooperation between India and Oman is one of a kind in the entire Gulf region. Army, navy and air force exercises are conducted between the two countries on a regular basis. It was due to the initiative taken by Oman that resulted in the return of Indian priest Father Tom who was kidnapped by the ISIS in Yemen last year.
Meanwhile, taking the strategic partnership with Oman to a new high, eight MoUs were inked between India and Oman on Sunday.
MoUs were inked in the field of Maritime Transport and Ports, Tourism Cooperation, health and for cooperation in peaceful use of outer space, Mutual Visa Exemptions and academics.
The Indian expat community has played an important role in the building of Oman and the ties India Oman hare will see new highs with PM Modi's visit.