PM returns from 3-day visit to Oman

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New Delhi, Nov 10 (UNI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh returned tonight after a successful three-day visit to Oman and Qatar.

During his visit to Gulf countries, the first by Dr Singh after becoming the Prime Minister, he had very fruitful and constructive discussions with the rulers of Oman and Qatar.

During his visit to Sultanate of Oman, two milestone agreements were signed, the most important being establishing India-Oman joint investment fund with a capital 100 million dollars.

Another agreement focussed on safeguarding the welfare of Indian expatriate workers.

In Qatar, two agreements--one on defence cooperation and other on security and law enforcement--were signed.

Dr Singh also held wide ranging discussion of the possibility of investment and stabilising economy in the wake of global financial turmoil with the rulers of both the oil-rich countries.

Dr Singh was accompanied by Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi, Petroleum Minister Murli Deora and Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahmed. National Security Advisor M K Narayanan and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia were also part of the high-level delegation.

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