This post was originally published on 3 November 2015.
Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, on Monday called up Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and invited him to pay a visit to Qatar while expressing interest in partnering India’s economic growth.
PTI reports that the Prime Minister accepted the invitation to visit Qatar at a mutually convenient date.
During the telephonic conversation, the two leaders discussed measures to further deepen bilateral cooperation, including in the areas of trade, investment, energy, security, defence, culture and people-to-people contacts.
The Emir of Qatar reiterated his nation’s interest in partnering in India’s economic growth while the prime minister appreciated the role being played by Qatar for regional peace and stability, a PMO statement said here.
The Prime Minister recalled the visit of the Emir of Qatar to India earlier this year in March and said it has provided new vigour and momentum to bilateral relations, it added.
He emphasised that India attached high importance to its relations with Qatar and appreciated the steps taken by the Emir and the government of Qatar for protecting the interests and ensuring the continued well-being and safety of the Indian community residing there.
The Indian community, with more than 600,000 members, is the largest community in the State of Qatar.