India-Qatar Relations

2015 March 26

India, Qatar sign 6 agreements to step up cooperation

India and Qatar inked six agreements, including one on the transfer of sentenced prisoners, as visiting Emir of Qatar HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani held talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They discussed bilateral relations and ways of promoting co-operation in various fields, especially in the investment sector.

Later, the Emir and the Indian prime minister witnessed the signing of following agreements and memoranda of understanding between the governments of the two countries:

  1. An agreement on the transfer of sentenced prisoners between the governments of Qatar and India.
  2. A memorandum of understanding for co-operation in the field of diplomatic training between Qatari Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Institute and the Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ Foreign Service Institute
  3. A memorandum of understanding for co-operation in the field of communications and information technology between Qatar’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and India’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
  4. A memorandum of understanding for scientific and technical co-operation between Qatar Civil Aviation Authority and Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences’ Earth System Science Organisation
  5. A memorandum of understanding for co-operation in the field of radio and television between the governments of Qatar and India
  6. An agreement for co-operation and exchange of news between the Qatar News (QNA) and the United News of India (UNI).
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Prior to the talks, the Emir and the Prime Minister of India held a bilateral meeting attended by members of the official delegation accompanying the Emir, during which talks focused on enhancing the historic relations between the two countries and the two peoples, in addition to issues of mutual concern.

Earlier the Emir was accorded an official ceremonial red carpet welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

2014 December 3

India approves prisoner transfer treaty with Qatar

India’s cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the signing of a treaty on transfer of prisoners between India and Qatar.

The treaty will allow Indian prisoners imprisoned in Qatar or vice-versa to be near their families, for serving the remaining part of their sentence and facilitate their social rehabilitation, said an official statement.

India has so far signed such agreements with more than 20 countries, including Britain, Egypt, France, Bangladesh, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, Sri Lanka, Russia and Australia. Negotiations have also been concluded with Canada, Hong Kong, Nigeria and Spain, the official statement said.

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