Conveying his deep appreciation for the Sultan of Oman's gesture, Modi said he looked forward to further strengthening the close ties between the two countries.
    
They discussed ways to increase trade and investment between the two countries, according to an official release.
    
The Prime Minister also thanked the Sultan of Oman for looking after the welfare of 7,00,000 Indians living in Oman.
    
Earlier in the day, the visiting dignitary held talks with his counterpart Sushma Swaraj and discussed ways to further consolidate the strong bilateral relations including enhancing of project exports from India.
    
Signalling a desire for continued engagement at high levels between the two countries, the Omani leader's visit is the first by any foreign dignitary to India after the Narendra Modi-led dispensation came to power.
    
During the meeting, the two Foreign Ministers took stock of various aspects of bilateral relations including political, economic, defence, security and people-to-people linkages and agreed to further strengthen them, official sources said.

(Agencies)

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