Qatar assures safety of Indians

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Aug 2017 09:28:12


NEW DELHI,

Aug 26,

(PTI),

QATAR on Saturday assured India of the safety and welfare of 6.3 lakh Indian citizens in the Gulf nation in the wake of its lingering disputes with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain. The issue was raised by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during wide-ranging talks she had with her Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani here.

Al-Thani called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and handed over a letter from the Emir of Qatar. He separately met with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and discussed issues relating to security and defence cooperation.“The Minister assured us of the continued safety, welfare and well-being of the Indian community and briefed the Indian side about new labour laws in Qatar which favour expatriate workers,” the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

In June, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain had announced cutting diplomatic ties and closing all connectivity links with Qatar, alleging that it supported terrorism. Qatar had rejected the charges. During the delegation-level talks, Al-Thani also conveyed to the Indian side that his country would continue to supply liquefied natural gas to India to support its energy requirement.

The Qatari Foreign Minister briefed the Indian side about its disputes with some of its neighbours and the situation in the Gulf region. “He was briefed about India’s position that peace and security in the Gulf are of paramount importance for the continued progress and prosperity of the region.