Exterior affairs minister S Jaishankar on Sunday started a two-day go to to Qatar that’s anticipated to concentrate on commerce, power cooperation and points associated to Indian staff.
Jaishankar will meet Qatari deputy prime minister and overseas minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani and different dignitaries to debate bilateral, regional and worldwide points.
The go to is a part of India’s ongoing outreach to West Asia, which the nation sees as a part of its prolonged neighbourhood. Jaishankar just lately visited Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, whereas minister of state for exterior affairs V Muraleedharan travelled to Oman. Indian Military chief Common MM Naravane visited the UAE and Saudi Arabia, the primary such journeys by a military chief.
In a cellphone dialog on December eight, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, determined to create a particular activity pressure to facilitate investments by the Qatar Funding Authority in India, and to discover Qatari investments within the nation’s power value-chain.
The Qatar Funding Authority has up to now invested $600 million in two Indian corporations.
Jaishankar may even convey India’s particular gratitude to Qatar for taking good care of Indian expatriates throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the exterior affairs ministry mentioned. Qatar hosts greater than 700,000 Indians.
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New Delhi has known as on the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, together with Qatar, to facilitate the return of staff who had come house throughout the pandemic.
Indian staff have benefited from Qatar’s labour reforms forward of the 2022 soccer World Cup, together with a 25 per cent hike within the minimal wage and the dismantling of a system that required staff to hunt the consent of employers to change jobs.
Throughout a gathering of the India-Qatar joint committee on labour and manpower growth on December 9, the 2 sides agreed on institutionalising measures to advertise and defend the rights of staff, together with settling labour points and facilitating the motion of individuals between the 2 international locations in a secure and safe method.
Bilateral commerce was price $10.95 billion in 2019-20, and each international locations intend to accentuate cooperation in fields akin to power and investments. “The Gulf international locations have additionally been beneficiant in serving to India in making certain oil and fuel provides throughout the Covid-19 pandemic,” the exterior affairs ministry mentioned.