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India's Strategic Expansion in the Indian Ocean Region



  Feb 08, 2024

India's Strategic Expansion in the Indian Ocean Region



India has been granted a specific zone in the Port of Duqm in Oman, a strategic move that enhances India's maritime cooperation and its role as a net security provider in the western and southern Indian Ocean region. This development, following the visit of Sultan Haitham bin Tariq to New Delhi, marks a significant step in strengthening India's logistical base and its capacity for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

The Port of Duqm, located in the Al Wusta governorate of Oman and integrated into the special economic zone, is strategically positioned at the intersection of the Gulf of Oman, Indian Ocean, and Arabian Sea. This location not only facilitates access to Indian and African markets but also provides India with a strategic advantage in overseeing maritime routes.

The port's facilities, including a ship repair yard and dry dock, further underscore its value to India's naval operations. India's presence in the Port of Duqm is poised to augment its growing influence in the region, where the Indian Navy already plays a crucial role in anti-piracy operations and providing assistance to vessels affected by regional conflicts, notably the ongoing crisis in the Red Sea.

This move is aligned with India's broader objectives of ensuring maritime security and stability in the Indian Ocean region, reflecting its commitment to being a first responder in times of crisis.

This strategic partnership between India and Oman, exemplified by the allocation of a zone in the Port of Duqm, is a testament to the deepening ties between the two nations. It not only enhances India's strategic footprint but also solidifies its role as a key player in maritime security and cooperation in the region.


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