mos: MoS External Affairs Muraleedharan and Qatar counterpart discuss development in Doha

Union Minister of State for External Affairs, V Muraleedharan, met Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, HE Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi in Doha on Sunday during his first official visit to the country.

The MoS, together with its counterpart, held discussions on various topics related to the development of the two countries.

“Glad to meet Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, HE Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi in Doha. We had a productive discussion on energy, trade, investment, education, P2P contacts and the well-being of the diaspora. Confident that the partnership will continue to develop summits”, tweeted the Minister of the Union.

The Union Minister is on an official visit to Qatar from May 8 to 10. Arriving in Doha, he tweeted: “Glad to be in Doha for my first official, meaningful visit, as India and Qatar mark 50 years of diplomatic relations. I look forward to my interactions with the leaders and the Indian community.”

Earlier in a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) said, “During the visit, the MoS will meet with its counterpart Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hassan bin Abdulla Al -Ghanim, President of the Shura. Council, and other Qatari dignitaries.”

MoS will also meet with a wide range of the Indian community in Qatar, including those working in the fields of community welfare, business, health, culture, education, engineering, accounting and Indian veterans.

He will participate in the Labor Day celebrations with India’s blue collar workers. The Indian community will hold a reception and cultural event to mark Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav during the MOS visit.

MEA said the visit of the Minister of State for External Affairs would add to the impetus of multifaceted bilateral cooperation. The two countries maintain excellent bilateral relations in the political, economic, defense, cultural and educational fields, which have been further strengthened in recent years. The leaders of the two countries have maintained close contact during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Qatar is home to over 700,000 Indians. Bilateral trade exceeded $15 billion in the 2021-22 financial year and Qatar’s investment in India has increased fivefold over the past two years.

The two countries will celebrate the golden jubilee of establishing full diplomatic relations in 2023.

Shirlene J. Manley