PM Modi’s Visit to Doha Strengthens India-Qatar Friendship

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his trip to Qatar has revitalized the bond between the two nations, and India is eager to enhance collaboration in crucial areas such as trade and technology.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Qatar’s leader in Doha.

“My visit to Doha has added new vigor to the India-Qatar friendship. India looks forward to scaling up cooperation in key sectors relating to trade, investment, technology, and culture. I thank the Government and people of Qatar for their hospitality,” PM Modi stated in a post on X.

PM Modi has departed for India after his two-nation visit to the UAE and Qatar.

He arrived in Doha, Qatar’s capital, on Wednesday night from the UAE. He was accorded a ceremonial welcome in Doha on Thursday and held a bilateral meeting with the Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The meeting was also attended by the External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval.

During the meeting, PM Modi thanked the Amir of Qatar for supporting the release of Indian navy veterans arrested in Doha in an alleged espionage case. He also extended an invitation to the Qatar leader to pay an official visit to India.

“Prime Minister thanked His Highness the Amir for his support for the welfare of the Indian community and, in this regard, expressed his deep appreciation for the release of eight Indian nationals of Al Dahra company. We are extremely gratified to see them back in India. PM invited His Highness the Amir to pay a visit to India,” Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said during a briefing on PM’s visit to Qatar.

PM Modi and the Amir of Qatar discussed several areas of bilateral cooperation, including energy partnership, issues of regional security, cultural affinity, and people-to-people ties.

Upon his arrival in Doha on Wednesday, PM Modi met with his counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, and the two leaders discussed ways to strengthen bilateral ties.

The two leaders also discussed recent regional developments in West Asia and emphasized the importance of upholding peace and stability in the region.

PM Modi had a series of engagements in the UAE and reached Qatar after inaugurating the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi. (ANI).

Tarah Nguyen