National Security Adviser of India, Mr Ajit Doval, had an audience with His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, and conveyed the warmest greetings and best wishes of President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the Government and the people of India to His Highness the Emir and the Government and the people of Qatar.
According to a press release from the Indian embassy, Doval presented a letter addressed to HH the Emir from the Prime Minister of India, underlining the historically close and friendly relations, and the multi-faceted cooperation between India and Qatar, that has deepened and expanded under the leadership of HH the Emir.
In his letter, the Indian PM has expressed sincere appreciation for the concern of HH the Emir for the welfare of the Indian community in Qatar.
Expressing great admiration for Qatar’s economic transformation and rapid progress in diverse sectors, the Prime Minister has conveyed that India eagerly looks forward to the visit of HH the Emir, and expressed confidence that the visit of HH the Emir will enable both countries to elevate their partnership to a new level.
Warmly reciprocating the sentiments expressed in the letter, HH the Emir emphasized the importance of Qatar-India partnership, appreciated the contribution of the Indian community in Qatar, and conveyed that he was greatly looking forward to his first visit to India.
During his visit to Doha, Mr Ajit Doval also called on HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar, and presented a letter from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior conveyed warm greetings to Mr Modi and exchanged views with Mr. Doval on further strengthening the partnership between the two countries in different spheres.
Ajit Doval also met with HE Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar. They discussed a number of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. Their meeting in Doha took place shortly after they met during the Munich Security Conference earlier this month.
Mr Doval also informally interacted with senior Qatari officials and businessmen at ‘India House’ – the residence of the Ambassador of India to Qatar.