Muscat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his Gulf visit has signed important agreements with Oman. These include the co-operation agreement for opening up the Duqm Port for the Indian Navy. This is considered as an important achievement for India. It is claimed that this will help India to reply the Chinese navy trying to corner India.
Prime Minister Modi had visited Oman after his tour of Jordan, Palestine, and United Arab Emirates. Eight co-operation agreements have been signed between India and Oman in presence of Prime Minister Modi, on Sunday. Co-operation in counter-terrorism actions and the Duqm port are considered as the most important ones amongst them. With the Duqm agreement, the port will become available to the Indian warships and destroyers. Availability of this port for refuelling and maintenance for the Indian warships and destroyers will enhance the Indian war capabilities.
The Indian Ambassador to Oman, underlined the importance of the agreement signed between the two countries. Oman currently is preparing to develop the Duqm port as well as a ‘special economic zone’ there. India had expressed interest in the matter. This port will open the gates to West Asia, for India. Therefore, India is attaching such importance to this port, said the Indian Ambassador to Oman. The Indian media also have praised this agreement. As per the experts, it will become easier to keep the anti-India activities of Pakistan and China in check.
It has become imperative for India to augment its naval strength in view of the rising interference of the Chinese Navy in the Indian Ocean region. For this, having a port in the Gulf available to the Indian Navy becomes important. India is developing the Chabahar port in Iran with this purpose and the efforts started by India for Duqm port development – becomes a right step in that direction.