20-year-old gas pipeline project: India revives talks with Oman


Oman Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah was the first foreign dignitary to visit New Delhi after the Narendra Modi-led government took office.

The visit reflects the significance India attaches to West Asia. India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held wide ranging talks with her Omani counterpart Yusuf Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah.

The bilateral relations were reviewed in detail. The two foreign ministers got into specifics and discussed the Oman-Iran-India deep sea gas pipeline project for transporting fuel from West Asia to the Indian shore. The 20-year-old proposal is making some headway, finally.

In 2013, Indian companies bagged contracts worth $1.25 billion in Oman.

Later, Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah also called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and congratulated him.

Oman is the only Gulf nation with which India conducts regular military exercise, which signifies the closeness between the two countries.

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