India interested in developing Duqm alongside Sohar
India has reportedly expressed interest in developing Oman's Duqm port and linking it with the Iranian port of Chabahar.
India is currently developing the free port of Chabahar on the coast of the Gulf of Oman under a deal signed with Iran and Afghanistan. The project is intended to boost connectivity with Central Asia and beyond.
India has committed US $500 million to the project, including construction of two terminals and cargo berths.
Indian media report that the country hopes to use Duqm's strategic location to boost sea trade in the region on the back of positive relations between Oman and Iran.
India already has a presence at the Port of Sohar, which Oman is developing at a cost of US $25 billion. In February, a shipping route was launched between Shahid Rajaee port in Iran and Sohar to promote trade.
Sohar features prominently in Oman's trade ties with Iran, which plans to transport gas to the country through a pipeline. The plan calls for the building of a 200 km pipeline from Kuh-e Mubarak in Iran to Sohar.
Oman hopes to turn Sohar and Duqm into logistics hubs, connecting it to the Gulf and Central Asia.