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Joint Declaration to Establish a Joint Commission Between the Government of the Republic of India And the Government of the State of Qatar

October 29, 2018

The Government of the Republic of India, represented by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Government of the State of Qatar, represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

In pursuance of the decision taken by His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar and Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India during the visit of the latter to Doha on 4-5 June 2016 to constitute an inter-ministerial High Level Joint Committee to regularly review all bilateral matters, as well as regional and global issues of mutual interest,

Desirous to enhance and deepen the ties of fraternity and friendship between the two countries,

And to support cooperation between the two countries in all fields in service of the common objectives of the two friendly countries,

During the first ever visit of External Affairs Minister of India Smt. Sushma Swaraj to Doha on 28-30 October 2018,

Hereby declare as follows:

  • Both countries have decided to establish a Joint Commission to strengthen the relations between the two countries in various fields with a view to further the common interests of their two friendly peoples.
  • The Joint Commission will be charged with the following tasks:

    • Formulating the required basis to strengthen the relations between the two countries particularly in the economic, commercial, cultural, scientific, technological, information technology and educational fields.
    • Following up the implementation of the Agreements concluded between the two countries; and finding the suitable solutions for the resulting problems of the implementation thereof.
    • Facilitating the exchange of information and expertise; and encouraging bilateral consultation in service of cooperation between the two countries.
  • The Joint Commission will be co-chaired by the Ministers of External Affairs and Foreign Affairs of the two countries or their representatives; and may include in its membership representatives of the sectors concerned with the bilateral cooperation in both the countries.
  • The Joint Commission will hold a meeting at a time agreed by both countries alternately in each country. Extraordinary session may be held at the consent of both the countries.
  • The Joint Commission may, when necessary, form subordinate committees or permanent or temporary joint working groups to discharge specific tasks within their mandates. These subordinate committees and joint working groups will present their recommendations to the Joint Commission for consideration.
  • The draft agenda for each meeting will be decided by consultation between the two countries through diplomatic channels in advance of the respective meeting. The draft of the agenda will be presented to the Joint Commission to endorse it at the opening session of the meeting.
  • The scope of cooperation under this Joint Declaration may be modified with mutual written consent of both the countries.
Doha, Qatar
October 29, 2018


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