http://www.indianexpress.com/news/I...cy-in-the-Gulf--The-importance-of-Oman/619981 Indiaâ€™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 Indiaâ€™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, Indiaâ€™s security partnerships in the region remain way below potential. Within the broadly underdeveloped framework of Indiaâ€™s military diplomacy in the Gulf, Delhiâ€™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.