PM Narendra Modi woos investors at Oman-India business meeting

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Noting that Oman was a close maritime neighbour with whom India enjoys excellent relations, Modi had said ahead of his visit, "I shall also interact with leading businesspersons of Oman on developing stronger economic and business links with India".

Modi arrived here Saturday evening on the second leg of his three-nation tour to West Asia and the Gulf. PM @narendramodi begins Day 4 with business - Oman-India Business Meet in Muscat.

He expressed pride that Indians are contributing to the growth of Oman as country's goodwill ambassadors.

After their talks, the two sides signed eight agreements, including an MoU on legal and judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters.

They had also signed an agreement on mutual visa exemption for holders of diplomatic, special, service and official passports.

The two sides also noted the growing defence cooperation "including through regular high-level visits, training programmes, joint exercises, participation in defence exhibitions and ship visits and port calls". It is for this reason that the world is recognising India as a great investment destination.

In the last 25 years, maternal mortality went down by one-third in India and by half across the world, he said.

Sunday's joint statement comes after Saturday's delegation-level talks between Modi and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan here.

After a bilateral meeting, Abbas gave the Indian leader a medal "in recognition of his wise leadership" and "efforts to promote the historic relations between the State of Palestine and the Republic of India". Also known as Motishwar Mandir, the temple was constructed 109 years ago and is situated near Sultan's Palace, about 35km from Seeb Airport. Later he will head towards the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in the city which is built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone. The stadium was, however, not packed to capacity despite the Indian mission in Muscat writing to companies employing Indians to allow their blue-collared workers some time off to attend the event and provide them transport facilities to the venue.

Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Palestine, is reaching Ramallah tomorrow amid heightened tensions in the region after US President recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Taking the strategic partnership with Oman to a new high tops the agenda of Prime Minister Modi's maiden visit to the country.

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