India’s military diplomacy in the Gulf: The importance of Oman

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    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/I...cy-in-the-Gulf--The-importance-of-Oman/619981

    India’s military diplomacy in the Gulf: The importance of Oman

    As Defence Minister A K Antony arrives in Muscat on Monday to review and reinforce the bilateral security partnership, he will hopefully measure up to the challenge of intensifying India’s military engagement in the Gulf.

    At a time when most major powers - including the older European ones and the new one from China - are deepening their military cooperation with the Gulf, India’s security partnerships in the region remain way below potential.

    Within the broadly underdeveloped framework of India’s military diplomacy in the Gulf, Delhi’s security ties with Muscat are relatively advanced. Since signing of a defence MoU in 2006, bilateral military activities have significantly increased.

    These include expanded scope of naval exercises, the initiation of joint exercises between the two air forces, wider use of training facilities and the exploration of possible arms sales.
     
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    good work by india.

    we need stations (or defence ties) in and around india. good start with Maldives and Oman.
     
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    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Oman-to-step-up-military-ties/articleshow/5945803.cms

    India, Oman to step up military ties

    NEW DELHI: In a bid to step up strategic ties with the Gulf, India on Tuesday decided to expand its bilateral military cooperation with Oman in fields ranging from maritime security and anti-piracy measures to joint training and combat exercises.

    This emerged after defence minister A K Antony, on his first-ever visit to West Asia, held discussions with his Omani counterpart Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib Al Busaidi in Muscat on Tuesday.

    Taking note of the `Eastern Bridge' exercise held between the air forces of the two countries in October 2009, Antony said, "We have laid the foundation and should now work towards adding more content to our defence cooperation.''

    With India sourcing the bulk of its energy needs from the Gulf and keen on ensuring the protection of its huge sea-borne trade, especially from the growing menace of piracy, New Delhi is now steadily trying to enhance its security cooperation with the countries in the region.

    "Maritime security has become a global concern due to pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden. Piracy off the coast of Somalia has been growing over the years and has now assumed alarming proportions,'' said Antony.

    Discussing the regional security situation, the minister said both India and Oman had a common aim in not allowing Afghanistan to become "a safe haven for terrorists again''.

    Holding that India's efforts in the war-ravaged country focussed on economic and social development, Antony said, "We intend to continue such activities even though we have lost personnel and have suffered attacks on our embassy in Kabul. We want a stable, moderate, unified and democratic Afghanistan.''
     
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    http://sify.com/finance/india-oman-...y-exercise-in-2011-news-news-kfssagjdchd.html



    India, Oman armies to hold joint military exercise in 2011


    Enhancing bilateral relations between India and Oman, visiting Defence Minister A.K. Antony has said that both countries will jointly take part in a military exercise in India next year.

    Addressing Indian diaspora here, Antony said: "We have conducted joint military operations with the Omani forces and we are exploring further avenues of co-operation in trade and commerce mong others."

    He emphasised that bilateral relations will witness bolstered relations between both nations.

    "The bilateral relations between India and Oman are centuries old. We consolidate our relations on a regular basis while exploring newer avenues of mutual co-operation," he added.

    He also held wide-ranging talks with his Oman counterpart Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib Al Busaidi.

    The two leaders discussed ways to promote military cooperation between the two countries, Gulf News reports.

    This is the first high-level Indian delegation to visit Oman after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's trip in 2008.

    Antony is accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar. (ANI)
     
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    Whatever the immediate environment, I have always been intrigued by the continued latent aggression between the two countries, when I came across 33% discount on India and China: The Battle between Soft and Hard Power By Prem Shankar Jha, I could not control myself. The most interesting part is while the rest of the world seems resigned to the rise of India and China, the author doesn't agree.
     
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    India has had military ties with Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Yemen. But Oman has most definitely been the most prominent.
     

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