Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that his Oman visit and talks with its leadership will impart a “substantial momentum” to all spheres of bilateral ties.

Before leaving for New Delhi, PM posted on his tweet “This Oman visit is one I will cherish for a long time to come. This visit has helped in building upon the centuries old ties between our enterprising people, and will impart a substantial momentum to our relations in all spheres, including trade and investment relations.”

He held held wide-ranging talks with the Sultan Qaboos on Monday while eight agreements were signed between the two countries, including pacts on cooperation in the field of defence, health and tourism.

Modi addressed the Indian diaspora at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Oman’s capital Muscat and attended a meeting with Omani CEOs at the India-Oman business meet. He visited the Shiva temple in Muscat and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque .

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the biggest mosque in Oman. The mosque is said to have been built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone sculpted by 200 craftsmen from India.

The temple, located in Old Muscat, was constructed by the merchant community from Gujarat some 125 years ago and renovated in 1999.

Indian companies have a strong presence in Oman and have significant investments in the Omani free zones and ports in Suhar and Salalah. Indian investments are estimated at USD 1.8 billion in two projects in Special Economic Zone in Duqm (SEZD).

Before arriving in Muscat, Prime Minister had officially launched the foundation stone-laying ceremony for the first Hindu temple in of the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

PM Modi met Sayyid Fahad bin Mahmood Al-Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers of Oman. The two leaders discussed strengthening of bilateral relations in areas of mutual interest.

PM Modi also met Sayyid Asaad bin Tariq al-Said, Deputy Prime Minister of Oman for International Relations, Affairs and Cooperation in Muscat.

This was the first prime ministerial visit to Oman in 10 years since the visit of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2008.

Prime Minister travelled to Jordan, Palestine, UAE and Oman in four days. Modi is the first Indian PM visiting Palestine without landing in Tel Aviv. After meeting King Abdullah II of Jordan Prime Minister travelled to Ramallah, Palestine by Royal Jordanian helicopter escorted by Israeli security helicopters, where he held working lunch meeting with President Mehmoud Abbas.

His UAE visit was marked by high level discussions with its rulers, laid foundation stone of first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi and participation as Guest of Honour in world Government Summit held in Dubai.