Former Indian ambassador to Oman Anil Wadhwa was on an official visit to Oman, incidentally his first assignment after assuming the post of Secretary (East) at the Ministry of External Affairs. He talked to Times of Oman about his diplomatic agenda
Muscat: India is keen on consolidating its strategic partnership with Oman and will work towards the same, said Anil Wadhwa, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, India.
Wadhwa was on an official visit to Oman, incidentally his first assignment after assuming the post of Secretary (East) on January 6, 2014 at the Ministry of External Affairs in India.
It may be recalled that Anil Wadhwa served as India's ambassador to Oman from August 2007 to September 2011.
Giving details about his trip, Wadhwa explained, "The primary purpose of my visit was to personally hand over a letter of invitation from Salman Khurshid, Minister of External Affairs of India, to Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman. As you know, Yousuf bin Alawi is a well known and respected figure in India and we have not had a visit by him to India for some time now."
During his two-day visit to Oman, Wadhwa also met other top officials.
"I was also privileged to have an opportunity to renew contact and call upon Dr Omar bin Abdul Munim Al Zawawi, Mohammad Al Zubair, Ali bin Masoud bin Ali Al Sunaidy, and Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi, with all of whom I had a regular contact when I was posted as the ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman.
"I have benefited a lot from my stay and interaction with Omani friends over the last couple of days," he added.
Talking about his new role as Secretary (East), Wadhwa said, "I oversee Indian missions in the Gulf, South East Asia, Australasia, West Asia and North Africa regions besides a few other duties. I am indeed most fortunate to come back to Oman as my first trip abroad since assuming charge of my new assignment."
Wadhwa added, "The work as Secretary (East) is quite different from being an ambassador abroad. One has to be alive to the situation as it involves in many countries simultaneously, and be able to take quick decisions. It allows you to set policy directions."
Wadhwa informed that his new role will bring him back to Oman often.
"I will be visiting Oman frequently in the future as we move to consolidate our strategic partnership with the Sultanate," he said.
From Oman, Wadhwa left for Monteux to attend Geneva II, the United Nations-backed international conference set to take place in Geneva with the aim of ending the Syrian civil war by bringing together the Syrian regime and the Syrian opposition to discuss transitional government for the trouble torn country.