India and Qatar on Monday decided to establish a joint commission to strengthen their relations in various fields with a view to furthering the common interest of the people of the two countries.
The joint commission being set up in pursuance of the decision taken by Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar and Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India during the visit of the latter to Doha on 4-5 June 2016.
The joint declaration signed by External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Minister of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani in Doha today highlights the decision to set up the joint commission.
The joint declaration said that the joint commission had been tasked with formulating the basis to strengthen the relations between India and Qatar. The proposed joint commission will focus on various areas including economic, commercial, cultural, scientific, technological, Information Technology and educational fields. The proposed joint commission has also been tasked to facilitate the exchange of information and expertise in different areas.
It will be co-chaired by ministers of External Affairs and Foreign Affairs of the two countries or their representatives. The joint commission will hold a meeting at a time agreed by both countries alternately in each country.
Earlier Mrs Swaraj held delegation-level talks with Deputy Prime Minister of Foreign Minister of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.
This post was originally published on 29 October 2018.