After securing its presence in Iran´s Chabahar port, a key gateway to Afghanistan and Central Asia, India is now eyeing a role at Oman´s strategically located Duqm Port to enable Delhi to expand its economic presence in hydrocarbon rich West Asia. It will also allow the Indian Navy greater role in the region.
The Sultanate of Oman is currently developing Duqm port along with a Special Economic Zone as a regional economic hub. People familiar with the developments indicated that India has shown interest to participate in the Duqm port complex. This will give India greater access to West Asia where it has stepped up strategic and economic engagements during the past 10 months. Delhi also hopes to establish a link between Duqm and Chabahar ports in the future.