Increasing interoperability between forces from both countries which is crucial for the success of any joint operation is the objective of the Indo - Oman Joint Exercise Al Nagah III 2019, between Indian and Royal Army of Oman, which is going on at HQ Jabel Regiment, Nizwa, Oman. Exercise Al Nagah 2019 will contribute immensely in developing mutual understanding and respect for each other\u2019s military as also facilitate in tackling the worldwide phenomenon of terrorism. The Omani side is represented by Lt Col Muhammed Al Saidi, Second \u2013 in \u2013 Command, Jabel Regiment of the RAO while the Indian side is represented by troops of The Garhwal Rifles Regiment. In an earlier interaction with Financial Express Online, Sheikh Hamad bin Saif bin Abdul Aziz Al Rawahi, ambassador of Oman to India, had said that Oman is the first Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to formalize Defence ties with India from joint military exercise and cooperation in anti-piracy and security matters. The Gulf country which share the Indian Ocean with India is also the first country from the region to start tri-lateral exercises. During the two week long event the two sides will hone their tactical and technical skills in joint counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations in a semi-urban scenario in mountainous terrain under UN mandate. The contingents from both countries have been specifically selected for the exercise based on expertise and professional competence. According to officials, both sides will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well-developed tactical drills for neutralization of likely threats that may be encountered in such a scenario. At the end of which the experts will hold detailed discussions to share their experience on varied topics for mutual benefit. Oman being India\u2019s oldest defence partner in West Asia has given access to the port of Duqm, which can be used for military purpose and logistical support as it will also allow India to expand its footprints in the Indian Ocean Region. With a robust security and defence cooperation, both countries are keen to expand cooperation to new areas of mutual interest, including space, cyber security and energy security. Oman which is already buying spare parts for some of its military equipment from Indian DPSUs, is also looking for ventures for joint production of defence equipment in India under `Make in India\u2019.