The warmest greetings have been conveyed to His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, His Highness the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the others members of the ruling family, representatives of the Government of Qatar and the people of Qatar on the occasion of Qatar National Day 2017 on behalf of the Government and the people of India and on his own behalf, by the Indian ambassador P Kumaran.
In a statement released by the Indian embassy yesterday, the envoy said: “I wish to convey our deep appreciation of the impressive strides made by the State of Qatar in a number of areas, including education, industry, business, infrastructure, tourism and social development. It is heartening to note that Qatar is well on its way to realising the objectives identified under the Qatar National Vision 2030.
“India and Qatar have deep-rooted ties, nurtured through history by active people-to-people contacts, trade and commerce and cultural affinities. The multi-faceted partnership between the two countries has intensified in recent years, driven by a series of high-level visits.
“I want to take the opportunity to renew our gratitude to the leadership and the Government of the State of Qatar for their hospitality and support to the Indian community in Qatar over the years. It is a matter of pride that the large and diverse Indian community in Qatar is appreciated for its discipline, hard-work and law-abiding nature. As a result, the size of the Indian community has grown over the years to reach nearly 700,000, giving us an opportunity to continue to contribute substantially to the growth and development of Qatar.
“As the Indian community in Qatar joins the celebrations of Qatar’s National Day, we are confident that the India-Qatar partnership is poised to scale new heights in the months and years ahead.”
The Indian embassy will remain closed on December 18, on the occasion of Qatar National Day, it was announced yesterday.
<pre>Published on 15 December 2017</pre>