Business, energy cooperation in Jaishankar’s visit to Qatar

Business, energy cooperation in Jaishankar’s visit to Qatar

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar began a two-day visit to Qatar on Sunday, which is expected to focus on issues related to trade, energy cooperation and Indian workers.

Jaishankar will meet Qatari’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jasim al-Thani and other dignitaries to discuss bilateral, regional and international issues.

The visit is part of India’s ongoing outreach in West Asia, which the country sees as part of its extended neighborhood. Jaishankar recently visited Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, while Minister of State for External Affairs V Muralitharan visited Oman. The head of the Indian Army, General MM Narwane, visited the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, the first such visits by the Army Chief.

In a phone conversation on 8 December, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, decided to form a special task force to facilitate investment by the Qatar Investment Authority in India, and Qatar Investment To explore the country’s energy value chain.

The Qatar Investment Authority has so far invested $ 600 million in two Indian companies.

The Ministry of External Affairs said Jaishankar would convey India’s special gratitude to Qatar for caring for Indian migrants during the Kovid-19 epidemic. Qatar hosts over 700,000 Indians.

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New Delhi has sought the return of workers from Gulf Cooperation Council member states, including Qatar, who came home during the epidemic.

Indian workers have benefitted from Qatar’s labor reforms before the 2022 Football World Cup, including a 25 percent increase in the minimum wage and the disintegration of a system in which workers were required to seek the consent of employers to change jobs.

During a meeting of the India-Qatar Joint Committee on Labor and Manpower Development on 9 December, the two sides agreed on institutional measures to promote and protect the rights of workers, including dealing with labor issues and between the two countries Facilitating the movement of people was included. A safe and secure way.

Bilateral trade was worth $ 10.95 billion in 2019-20, and the two countries intended to increase cooperation in areas such as energy and investment. “The Gulf countries have also been generous in helping India ensure oil and gas supplies during the Kovid-19 epidemic,” the Foreign Ministry said.

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