India, Oman signs MoU on cultural cooperation

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New Delh, July 12 (ANI): India and Oman on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cultural Cooperation.

The MoU was signed by Jawhar Sircar, Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Humaid Al-Maani, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman.

The MoU seeks to encourage exchange of visits by the cultural, art and literature delegations. To promote cultural relations on heritage, including archaeology, museums and conservation of the ancient monuments. And to encourage cultural and art weeks where fine arts and photography exhibitions may be held in each other's country.

The MoU further mentions plans for encouraging exchange of expertise, visits and publications between cultural institutions, establishments and authorities of the two countries. And exchange of copies of documents and manuscripts relevant to the history of both countries will be considered.

It also said to encourage exchange of visits by delegations in the field of music, theatre and folklore and learn about the other party's experience in this context. And exchange of visits by writers and literateurs and exchange of expertise in the field of scientific clubs and literature will be encouraged.

The MoU also seeks to encourage participation in international book fairs in each other's country on commercial basis and to exchange experience on renovation, bibliography, documentation and categorization in order to maintain manuscripts or documents of historical importance.

Exchange publications in the field of literature, culture and periodicals will also be considered and cooperation in the protection of intellectual property rights will be encouraged.

The MoU will come into force with immediate effect and will remain in force for a period of five years and shall stand renewed automatically thereafter for successive periods of five years. (ANI)

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