HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has lauded the large Indian expatriate community in Qatar and said it is highly respected due to its peace-loving nature and ability to do hard work.
The Emir, in an interview published by The Times of India yesterday, said :
“Our relations are not confined to gas. They are far beyond that. We have historical ties with India. We have around 631,000 Indians working here in Qatar, from labourers to doctors and engineers. We owe the Indians who have been helping to develop our country for many years.”
“But I believe there is a gap to fill. My aim for the visit is to sit with our Indian friends and say we have to go beyond good relations. There are other things to be done. I know that the new government is taking a number of initiatives, especially in business and investments, which is very interesting from our point of view,” said the Emir.
The Emir was also open about Qatar’s investment plans for India, “Our investment is open. We have no agenda. I believe this investment is for future generations. What this government has been doing in the last few months has been very encouraging. We trust the Indian economy. So we will invest in India.”
The Emir was yesterday accorded a ceremonial welcome in the forecourt of the Presidential Palace yesterday.
The Emir has extended invitations to the President and Prime Minister of India to visit Qatar at a mutually convenient time, which were gladly accepted.