This post was originally published on 28 May 2016.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Qatar visit will not have a large-scale public gathering, sources close to the Indian Embassy have confirmed.
According to the latest available information, Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day trip en route to US, will meet with the Qatar rulers as well as prominent leaders and representatives of the Indian community in Qatar.
However he would not be attending a large-scale public gathering as he had done in Dubai last year. Even on his recent trip to Saudi Arabia, Modi did not have a public gathering.
Disappointment for Indian community
The news will be huge disappointment for a large number of Indian expatriates who are looking forward to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit.
The Dubai gathering held at Dubai Cricket Stadium was attended by around 50,000 Indians and was watched live all over the world.
According to sources, this information was revealed by Indian Ambassador Sanjiv Arora, during a meeting with the representatives of Indian community associations and Indian schools, held at Indian Cultural Centre on Friday.
However, the Indian Embassy has not released any official statement on the subject.
The Ambassador also confirmed the news about the Indian Embassy moving to West Bay, justifying that the new premises have better accessibility and parking features.
Better arrangements to facilitate consular services will be taken soon, he assured the community leaders.
Agenda to be announced soon
The agenda and more details about the Prime Minister’s visit are expected to be released in a few days as the visit is only one week away.
The Indian Prime Minister will arrive on an official visit to Qatar on June 4-5 at the invitation of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, it was announced last week.
Bilateral trade, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest are expected to dominate the agenda of the visit.
Qatar will be the third GCC country that Modi will be visiting after his trips to UAE last August and Saudi Arabia this April that yielded substantial results in counter-terror initiatives and investments.
Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, had paid an official visit to India in March 2015.
This was also the first visit of the Head of State of an Arab country after Modi took charge as PM and later he extended an invite to PM to visit Doha.