Secretary-General of Defence Ministry of Oman meets Defence Minister Rajnath Singh



Secretary-General at the Ministry of Defence in Oman Dr Mohammed Bin Nasser Bin Ali Al-Zaabi called on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi today. They discussed ways to enhance defence cooperation between the two countries. Mr Al-Zaabi also briefed Mr Singh about the 11th India-Oman Joint Military Cooperation Committee Meeting JMCC on bilateral defence cooperation which was held in New Delhi yesterday.

The JMCC meeting was co-chaired by Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and Mr Al-Zaabi. During the meeting, the two sides reviewed the progress made in military-to-military engagements, including joint exercises, industry cooperation and various ongoing infrastructure projects. It was decided to identify new avenues and examine areas of mutual interest for Joint ventures in order to enhance defence industry cooperation. Conduct of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief HADR exercise involving the three services and enhancing the scope and complexities of the existing joint exercises were also discussed. Both the countries agreed to work together to combat the issue of drug trafficking prevalent in the North Arabian Sea.

During the meeting, it was agreed to hold the next JMCC in Oman on mutually convenient dates. The JMCC is the apex body between the Defence Ministries of India and Oman to comprehensively review and guide all aspects of bilateral defence cooperation.

The Secretary General also called on the three Service Chiefs and met with the CEOs of Indian Defence Industries. He will visit Cochin Shipyard Limited, Military Training Establishments and the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Vikrant during his stay.