PM Modi to Meet Emir of Qatar, Marking Diplomatic Victory with Release of Navy Personnel

Date:

Updated: 6:56 PM, Mon February 12, 2024

After completing his UAE visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Doha on February 14 to hold bilateral meetings with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, there, the Ministry of External Affairs announced on Monday.

This visit assumes significance as it comes after a diplomatic victory of India following the release of eight Indian Navy personnel who were detained in Qatar for nearly 18 months since August 2022.

Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra, while addressing a special briefing on PM Modi’s visit to UAE, stated, From UAE after completing his visit on February 14, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Doha, Qatar on February 14 afternoon. During the visit, PM Modi will hold bilateral meetings with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and other high dignitaries in Qatar.

The Foreign Secretary expressed that PM Modi’s visit would provide an opportunity for leaders to discuss ways to further deepen and strengthen the multifaceted partnership.

PM Modi’s visit to Qatar will provide an opportunity for the top leadership of the two countries to discuss ways to further deepen and strengthen our multifaceted partnership as well as exchange views on different regional and international issues of mutual importance, Kwatra noted.

Kwatra highlighted that this will be the second visit of PM Modi to Qatar, with the last one taking place in June 2016.

Emphasizing the growing ties between India and Qatar, the Foreign Secretary mentioned high-level visits to Qatar.

There have been several high-level exchanges between India and Qatar in recent years. You would recall the visit of Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar to Doha in November 2022 as also the visit of then Vice President Venkaiah Naidu in June 2022. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has also undertaken multiple visits to Qatar in the last 3 to 4 years, the Foreign Secretary also said.

The relationship between the two countries has grown multifaceted with robust energy partnership and collaboration in culture, education, and security. The bilateral trade currently stands at approximately USD 20 billion, with Qatar emerging as a significant investor across various sectors in India.

The bilateral relationship between India and Qatar that has been steadily growing includes a comprehensive span, including political ties, trade and investment linkages, a strong energy partnership, and ties in the field of culture, education, and security, he said, adding, Strong bilateral trade between India and Qatar currently stands at roughly USD 20 bn, and Qatar is also a significant investor in India across the whole range of economies.

Specifically mentioning the recent agreement between Qatar Energy and India’s Petronet for the supply of 7.5 million metric tons per year of LNG from Qatar to India for a duration of 20 years, starting in 2028, Kwatra said, You’d be aware following the recently concluded India Energy Week, Qatar Energy and India’s Petronet had signed an agreement for the supply of 7.5 million metric tons per year of LNG from Qatar to India for 20 years starting 2028.

The large Indian diaspora in Qatar, numbering around 840,000, was underscored as a vital connection between the two nations.

In a major diplomatic triumph for India, eight veterans of the Indian Navy who were sentenced to death in Qatar were released by Doha on Monday.

The capital punishment was commuted to an extended prison term earlier following diplomatic intervention by New Delhi.

Amid desperate pleas by the anxious kin of the Navy veterans to secure their release and safe passage back to their homeland, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had assured that it would mobilize all diplomatic channels and arrange legal assistance to bring them back.

Of the eight former Navy officers, seven have already returned to India, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed through an official statement earlier today.

The Union government released an official statement welcoming the decision to set the veteran officers free, saying, The Government of India welcomes the release of eight Indian nationals working for the Dahra Global company who were detained in Qatar. Seven out of the eight of them have returned to India. We appreciate the decision by the Amir of the State of Qatar to enable the release and homecoming of these nationals.

The eight Indian nationals were imprisoned in Qatar since October 2022 and were accused of allegedly spying on a submarine program. The retired naval personnel were sentenced to death by a Qatar court on charges that have not yet been made public officially.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on the sidelines of the COP28 summit in Dubai and discussed bilateral partnership and the well-being of the Indian community living in Qatar. (ANI)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Related to the Above News

When is Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting Doha?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Doha on February 14.

Who will PM Modi be meeting during his visit?

PM Modi will be holding bilateral meetings with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

What was the diplomatic victory for India that preceded PM Modi's visit?

Eight Indian Navy personnel who were detained in Qatar for nearly 18 months have been released, marking a diplomatic victory for India.

Why is PM Modi visiting Qatar?

PM Modi's visit to Qatar aims to discuss ways to strengthen the multifaceted partnership between India and Qatar.

How has the relationship between India and Qatar been growing?

The relationship between the two countries has been growing through high-level visits and robust energy partnerships. Qatar has also emerged as a significant investor in various sectors in India.

What is the current bilateral trade between India and Qatar?

Bilateral trade between India and Qatar currently stands at approximately USD 20 billion.

What is the significance of the large Indian diaspora in Qatar?

The large Indian diaspora in Qatar, numbering around 840,000, serves as a vital connection between the two nations.

What was the issue with the eight Indian Navy veterans in Qatar?

The eight Indian Navy veterans were initially sentenced to death in Qatar and were accused of allegedly spying on a submarine program.

What was the outcome of India's diplomatic intervention in the case of the Navy personnel?

The sentence for the Navy veterans in Qatar was commuted to an extended prison term, and seven out of the eight have already returned to India.

Has PM Modi visited Qatar before?

Yes, this will be PM Modi's second visit to Qatar. His previous visit took place in June 2016.

What will be the focus of PM Modi's visit to Doha?

The focus of PM Modi's visit will be on strengthening the multifaceted partnership between India and Qatar and discussing various regional and international issues of mutual importance.

Please note that the FAQs provided on this page are based on the news article published. While we strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, it is always recommended to consult relevant authorities or professionals before making any decisions or taking action based on the FAQs or the news article.

Siddharth Mehta
Siddharth Mehta
Siddharth Mehta is a dedicated author at The Reportify who covers the intricate world of politics. With a deep interest in current affairs and political dynamics, Siddharth provides insightful analysis, updates, and perspectives in the Politics category. He can be reached at siddharth@thereportify.com for any inquiries or further information.

Share post:

Subscribe

Popular

More like this
Related

Indian Government Mandates Permission for AI Platforms, Google Under Fire

Indian Government mandates permission for AI platforms; Google under fire for unreliable outputs on Prime Minister Modi. MeitY issues show-cause notice.

Indian Authorities Seize Dual-Use Consignment Bound for Pakistan from China at Mumbai Port

Indian authorities seize dual-use consignment bound for Pakistan from China at Mumbai port, raising concerns about potential missile development aid.

Digital Payment Gateway Enhances India-Nepal Financial Connectivity

Enhance financial connectivity between India and Nepal with the upcoming Digital Payment Gateway, a milestone in fostering economic ties and growth.

Google Removes Popular Indian Matrimony Apps Over Service Fee Disputes – Indian Minister Opposes Move

Google removes Indian matrimony apps over service fee disputes. Indian Minister opposes move, highlighting tensions between tech giants and local startups.