New Delhi, August 28: Amid Gulf crisis, Qatar Foreign Affairs Minister Abdulrahman Al-Thani visited India on Friday and called upon Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during which he assured the safety and welfare of 6.3 lakhs Indians in Doha and other Gulf countries.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and several other nations cut ties with Qatar and imposed stringent economic sanctions on it over supporting extremism. Notably, the issue of Indian nationals was raised by Minister Sushma Swaraj during the delegation level talks with Qatari Foreign Affairs Minister Abdulrahman Al-Thani.
During the meeting, the Qatari side welcomed the participation of the Indian companies through project exports in Qatar’s infrastructure development, including for the ongoing FIFA 2022 related infrastructure, which was welcomed by the Indian side. Sheikh Mohammed conveyed appreciation for the contribution of the 6,30,000 strong Indian community which forms the largest expatriate group in Qatar.
On regional issues, Sheikh Mohammed briefed his Indian interlocutors about the situation in the Gulf region. Al-Thani was also 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 a 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.
The Indian side, in the end, 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.
The visiting Qatari Minister called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hand over a letter from the Emir of Qatar. He separately met with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.