Prime Minister Narendra Modi will go to Doha in Qatar on Wednesday after his go to to the UAE ends, Overseas Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra mentioned right this moment. The go to is aimed toward discussing methods to additional strengthen total ties, Mr Kwatra mentioned.
The announcement of PM Modi’s go to to Qatar additionally comes on a day when eight Indian Navy personnel, who had been in jail in Qatar over an alleged espionage case, reached residence. Qatar had sentenced them to dying in October 2023.
Seven of them returned residence early Monday, whereas the eighth will return residence quickly.
PM Modi had personally supervised the dealing with of the case to free the Indians arrested in Qatar, the Overseas Secretary mentioned.
Over 8.4 lakh Indians reside in Qatar. “The 2 leaders will have a look at deepening bilateral ties,” Mr Kwatra added.
India appreciates the choice by the Emir of Qatar to launch the Indians who had been arrested in August 2022, the Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) mentioned in an announcement right this moment.
The previous Indian Navy personnel apparently confronted costs of espionage however neither the Qatari authorities nor New Delhi made the costs towards them public.
“The federal government of India welcomes the discharge of eight Indian nationals working for the Dahra International firm who had been detained in Qatar,” the MEA mentioned. “Seven out of eight of them have returned to India. We recognize the choice by the Emir of the State of Qatar to allow the discharge and homecoming of those nationals,” the MEA mentioned within the assertion.
The eight Indian nationals are Captain Navtej Gill (retired), Captain Saurabh Vasisht (retired), Commander Purnendu Tiwari (retired), Commander Amit Nagpal (retired), Commander SK Gupta (retired), Commander BK Verma (retired), and Commander Sugunakar Pakala (retired), and sailor Ragesh.
Commander Tiwari stayed again in Doha and is prone to come again to India quickly, information company PTI reported.
On October 26, the Navy veterans got dying sentences by Qatar’s Courtroom of First Occasion. On December 28, the Courtroom of Enchantment within the Gulf nation commuted the capital punishment and sentenced them to jail phrases for durations starting from three to 25 years.
In December final yr, PM Modi met Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on the sidelines of the COP28 Summit in Dubai and mentioned the well-being of the Indian neighborhood in Qatar. Nationwide Safety Adviser Ajit Doval performed a job within the negotiations with the Qatari authorities in securing the discharge of the Indians.
The inauguration of the BAPS temple is a “key half” of PM Modi’s go to to the UAE, throughout which he may also handle the Indian neighborhood at an occasion in Zayed Sports activities metropolis in Abu Dhabi, Mr Kwatra mentioned right this moment.
“Some 2,000-5,000 devotees are anticipated to go to the temple on that day,” Mr Kwatra mentioned.