India gets access to strategic Oman port Duqm for military use | Current Affairs, Current Affairs 2017

India gets access to strategic Oman port Duqm for military use

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In a strategic move to expand its footprint in the Indian Ocean  region, India has secured access to the key Port of Duqm in Oman for military use and logistical support.

According to top sources, this is one of the India’s maritime strategy to counter Chinese influence and activities in the region.  This was one of the key takeaways of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s  visit to Oman over the last two days. He met Sultan of Oman Sayyid Qaboos bin Said Al Said and an annexure to the Memorandum of Understanding on Military Cooperation was signed  between the two countries.  Sources said following this pact, the services of Duqm port and dry dock will be available for maintenance of Indian military vessels.

The Port of Duqm is situated on the southeastern seaboard of Oman, overlooking the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. It is strategically located, in close proximity to the Chabahar port in Iran. With the Assumption Island being developed in Seychelles and Agalega in Mauritius, Duqm fits into India’s proactive maritime security roadmap.

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