DOHA: Visit of External Affairs Minister of India to Qatar

DOHA: Visit of External Affairs Minister of India to Qatar

External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar paid a two day stand-alone visit to
Qatar from 27-28 December 2020. During the visit he called on His Highnesses
The Amir and Father Amir as well as the Prime Minister and Interior Minister of
the State of Qatar and held detailed discussions with the Deputy Prime Minister
and Foreign Minister.

Dr. S. Jaishankar handed over a personal message from Prime Minister Shri
Narendra Modi to H.H. Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani inviting him to
visit India and thanking Qatar for taking care of the Indian community during
Covid-19. The Amir accepted the invitation to visit India at an early date. He
also recalled his telephone conversation with Prime Minister during which both
leaders had decided to set up Task Forces on investment and energy. Both sides
are in the process of implementing this decision.

His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani appreciated the
contribution of the Indian community in Qatar and recalled his visits to India.
EAM thanked him for his continued guidance on India-Qatar relations. He also
appreciated Father Amir for his insights on global and regional developments.

Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin
Abdulaziz Al Thani and EAM discussed strengthening bilateral economic and
security cooperation.

EAM held detailed discussions with Deputy PM and Foreign Minister H.E. Sheikh
Mohammad bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani on bilateral as well as regional
and international issues of mutual interest. Both Ministers discussed ways to
strengthen the multifaceted bilateral relationship in areas such as energy,
trade, investment, food processing, healthcare, education, culture, defence and
security. They agreed to maintain regular consultations and coordination on all
issues of mutual interest at multilateral fora. EAM extended invitation to
Deputy PM and Foreign Minister of Qatar to visit India for the first Joint
Commission Meeting in 2021.

EAM interacted with the business leaders from Qatar, including the Chairmen and
board members of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Qatar
Businessmen Association. EAM appreciated their commitment for business
partnerships with India and briefed them about new opportunities flowing from
Atmanirbhar Bharat.

EAM held a virtual interaction with the Indian community in Qatar. He
appreciated the contribution of the community in meeting the Covid-19
challenge. EAM visited the Ahmed bin Ali FIFA Stadium that has been constructed
by Indian company L&T along with Qatari partners Al Balagh group. He also
visited the Qatar National Museum.

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