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INDIA-OMAN DEFENSE RELATIONSHIP

Key Points:

  • Zaabi will be in Delhi to co-chair the Joint Military Cooperation Committee (JMMC) with Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar.

About JMCC:

  • It is the highest level of cooperation between India and Oman in the defence sector.
  • JMCC analyzes and provides guidance on the whole framework of security exchanges between the two sides.
  • The JMCC is expected to meet annually. But JMCC has not met since 2018 the year when the 9th JMCC meeting was held in Oman. 

Why is Oman important in terms of defence and strategy?

  • Oman is India's closest defence partner in the Gulf region and is a key indicator of India's defence and strategic interests.
  • Security cooperation has emerged as a key pillar of India-Oman's strong relations. Defence trade is regulated by the newly revised framework MOU in 2021.
  • Oman is the only country in the Gulf region where all three Indian military services conduct regular bilateral tests and personnel negotiations, allowing for close cooperation and trust at the professional level. 
  • Oman also provided significant operational support for deploying Indian warships in the Arabian Sea with anti-piracy missions.

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