India, Oman aim to strengthen bilateral relations

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Dubai, Oct 28 (UNI) India and Oman held talks to strengthen bilateral relations during the three-day visit of Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi that concluded yesterday.

The discussions included the proposed Memorandum of Understanding on labour along with working conditions, wages and insurance of Indian labourers to Oman.

It was agreed by both sides that the MoU could be finalised for signing during Deputy Prime Minister Sayid Fahd's forthcoming visit to India in December 2007.

Mr Ravi, while addressing a press conference in Muscat, appreciated the positive approach of the Oman government in waiving the fines on thousands of Indians who had overstayed in the country and facilitating their repatriation to India.

He hailed the recent gesture of the Omani government to further allow 2,000 Indians to leave Oman without fine or penalty, for which registration was under process at the Indian Embassy.

''The signing of the MoU will help us ensure a legal, transparent and regular arrival of workers, check illegal entry and prevent the exploitation of poor people,'' the Minister said.

He said Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC) would act as a one-stop shop for Indians located abroad, on fields like investment facilitation, education and knowledge networking.

In his address to the Indian community, the Minister highlighted the social and economic developments and lauded the Indian community for their contribution to the development of Oman.

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