Visits at the highest level have been exchanged frequently between India and Oman. Shankar Dayal Sharma (1996) and Vice-President Shri Krishna Kant (1999) visited Oman. His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers, visited India in December 2007. Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs visited India in February 2014 and again on June 03 for extending greetings to the new Indian leadership after the general elections, thereby earning for Oman the distinction of being the first nation in the world to have sent a high-level dignitary after assumption of the new Government of India. Minister of External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs, Smt Sushma Swaraj paid her first official bilateral visit to the Sultanate of Oman from 17-18 February 2015 at the invitation of HE Mr Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of Oman.Four Prime Ministers have visited the Sultanate: Shri Rajiv Gandhi (1985), Shri P. Ministerial level visits have taken place regularly. Minister of State for External Affairs visited Oman from May 3-5, 2014 for bilateral engagement. Some prominent existing bilateral agreements are: Mo Us on Combating Crime, Cooperation in Agriculture, Civil Aviation, Cooperation between the State Audit Institution of Oman and the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Avoidance of Double Taxation, Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection, Treaty of Extradition, Mo U on Manpower, Mo U on Joint Investment Fund and Mo U on Cultural Cooperation, etc.The two countries across the Arabian Sea are linked by geography, history and culture. His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said visited India in 1997.Both countries enjoy warm and cordial relations, which can be ascribed to historical maritime trade linkages, intimacy of the royal family with India and the seminal role of the Indian expatriate community in the development of Oman, which is acknowledged by the Omani Government. His Majesty has an open invitation to visit India, including to receive the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce & Industry visited India during October 2014 for the Joint Commission Meeting.At the time of the India-Oman Joint Commission Meeting, agreement on Legal and Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters and Mo U on Standards and Measures were signed between India and Sultanate of Oman in October 2014 at New Delhi. Manmohan Singh to Muscat from November 8-9 2008, it was agreed that the historical bilateral ties should be transformed into a strategic partnership.
agriculture, healthcare, infrastructure, tourism, chemicals & fertilizers, education, oil & gas, power and mining.
Annual India-Oman Strategic Consultative Group (IOSCG) Meetings were started at the Secretary-level in 2003 to provide a forum for open and frank exchange of views on bilateral, regional and international issues.