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India and Oman, maritime neighbours, share historical ties, which are traced back to 5000 years. In 2015, the two countries celebrated the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations. During these six decades the relationship between India and Oman has evolved into a strategic partnership, with growing cooperation in security and defence, increasing bilateral trade and mutual investment and expanding cultural, educational and tourism exchanges. The growing presence of Indian community, numbering around 800,000 and comprising workers and professionals, has been a key facet of India’s partnership with Oman. The Indian community in Oman has been making immense contribution to growth and development of both India and Oman.

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of India-Oman Diplomatic Relations, a number of activities have been organized both in Oman and in India. The celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary began with the visit of External Affairs Minister of India H.E. Sushma Swaraj, to Oman on 17-18 February 2015. It was her first visit to Oman and provided a new momentum to bilateral relations. Some of other events held throughout 2015 were as follows:

• An Indian Film Festival was held, in association with City Cinema and Yash Raj Films, in Muscat during 27 – 29 April, 2015.

• A Lecture on ‘India-Oman Relations in a Historical and Contemporary Perspective’ was organized on 14 May, 2015.

• Four Indian Naval Ships from Western Fleet visited Oman on 19 - 22 September 2015.

• Indian Navy Sailing Ship, INS Tarangini, and the Royal Navy of Oman Sailing Ship ‘Shabab Oman’ undertook a joint voyage from Muscat to Kochi on 24th November 2015, tracing the ancient trading route between India and Oman.

In view of the historical importance of the 60th anniversary of India-Oman Diplomatic Relations, Oman Post has prepared to issue a special commemorative stamp. Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, H.E. Indra Mani Pandey, and Chief Executive Officer, Oman Posts, Mr. Abdul Malik Abdul Karim Al Balushi, will release the special commemorative India-Oman Postage Stamp at a function at the Embassy of India Auditorium on 5th April 2016. The release of the commemorative stamp would mark the culmination of the special events which have been dedicated to commemorate the 60th anniversary of establishment of India-Oman Diplomatic ties.


Muscat, 23 March 2016



   

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