India-Oman Army exercise begins

New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) A 14-day joint training exercise of the armies of India and Oman began on Monday at Bakloh in Himachal Pradesh.

The exercise, Al Nagah-II, drew contingents comprised of platoon strength troops from both the armies, the Defence Ministry said.

The second edition of the exercise is in continuation of a series of joint exercises between the Indian Army and the Royal Army of Oman.

The first edition was held at Muscat in 2015.

“The aim of the joint exercise is to acquaint both forces with each other’s operating procedures in the backdrop of counter insurgency and counter terrorism environment as also to enhance the existing military relationship between” the two armies, an official statement said.

The exercise will enhance the inter-operability between both the armies in conducting joint operations and cement bonds of friendship between the two countries, it said.