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Official visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar to India (August 25-26, 2017)

August 26, 2017

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani visited India on 25-26 August. The Qatari dignitary was hosted by External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj. They held delegation-level talks on 26 August during which matters of mutual interest pertaining to bilateral, regional and international affairs were discussed. The two sides reviewed progress on the follow up of key decisions taken during the high-level bilateral visits which have been contributing to building a mutually beneficial partnership between the two countries.

The visiting Qatari Minister called on Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to hand over a letter from the Emir of Qatar. He separately met with National Security Advisor Shri Ajit Doval.

The Indian side thanked Qatar for contributing significantly to India’s energy security, being the largest supplier of LNG. The visiting Minister assured us of continued Qatari support in this regard through uninterrupted energy supplies.

Sheikh Mohammed conveyed appreciation for the contribution of the 6,30,000 strong Indian community which forms the largest expatriate group in Qatar. The Minister assured us of the continued safety, welfare and well-being of the Indian community and briefed the Indian side about new labour laws in Qatar which favour expatriate workers.

During the meeting, the Qatari side welcomed participation of the Indian companies through project exports in Qatar’s infrastructure development, including for the ongoing FIFA 2022 related infrastructure.

On regional issues, Sheikh Mohammed briefed his Indian interlocutors about the situation in the Gulf region. He was briefed about India’s position that peace and security in the Gulf are of paramount importance for the continued progress and prosperity of the region. Terrorism, violent extremism and religious intolerance pose grave threat not only to the regional stability but also to the global peace and order. India is of the view that parties should resolve their differences through a process of constructive dialogue and peaceful negotiations.

New Delhi
August 26, 2017

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