Oman has lifted a ban on import of live bird products from India that it had imposed some time ago after reports of an outbreak of avian flu in the north-east of the country.
India had taken up the matter through diplomatic channels with the Omani authorities and impressed upon them that the outbreak was limited to selected pockets in the north-eastern region of the country and that the blanket ban on import of live bird products from the whole of the country was unjustified.
An official statement said India also pointed out that the affected birds had been culled and isolated to prevent further spread of the avian flu.
The Omani Ministry of Agriculture has, accordingly, lifted the ban, the statement said. "The government of India recognises with deep appreciation the prompt action taken by the Sultanate of Oman," the statement added.