As Qatar is preparing to celebrate its National Day on December 18, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings to Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the people of Qatar.
In a statement yesterday, the Embassy of India in Doha said that it also joins the Indian President in wishing Qatar and its people long years of well-being and prosperity.
“Indian nationals in Qatar are making significant contributions to nurture our friendly relations. We take great pride in the contribution made by our people towards the economic progress of Qatar.
“I am happy that the Indian community has earned a good name by virtue of their hard work and law-abiding nature. India-Qatar cooperation in diverse sectors is flourishing within an excellent framework provided by historic relations and regular and substantive engagement, including at the highest levels of the two governments.”
“The rapid progress made by Qatar in various fields, including education and research; infrastructure; business, finance and investments; sports; travel and tourism, and in other areas is impressive. It is heartening to note that Qatar is well on course towards achieving the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.”
India stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Qatar in building a strong, vibrant and diversified economy based on sustainable development.
“India also looks forward to cooperation with Qatar in all fields, including for preparations of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, for which an MoU has been signed during the recent visit of H E Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar to India.”
“Besides official interactions, people-to-people contacts and initiatives by the private sector are energising dialogue and cooperation in various sectors. With its huge and growing energy needs, India greatly values Qatar’s vital partnership in the energy sector.”
“On the other hand, Indian companies are pursuing collaborations in infrastructure, communications and information technology, energy and other areas in Qatar.
“The huge potential for significantly increasing Qatar’s investment in India, especially in view of several flagship initiatives of the Government of India, also presents a win-win situation for both countries.
“India offers wide opportunities for Qatari companies for investment as well as to explore possibilities for tourism, including medical tourism,” the statement added.