In a strategic move to strengthen its presence in the Indian Ocean region, India has secured access to Oman's key Port of Duqm for military use and logistical support, top sources told a leading English Daily.
As per a report in Indian Express, India is extending its footprints in the Indian Ocean as part of countering the Chinese expansionist intentions in the region. This was one of the foremost gains 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. As per sources close to the matter, 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, overseeing 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.
Recently, Duqm has seen a surge in Indian activities. In September last year, India deployed an attack submarine to this port in the western Arabian Sea.
A Shishumar-class submarine entered Duqm along with naval ship INS Mumbai and two P-8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft.
India gets access to strategic Oman port for military use, reconnaissance aircraft. The naval units were on a month-long deployment with the aim of enhancing surveillance and cooperation.