The fourth Foreign Office Consultations between India and Qatar were held virtually today. The Indian side was led by Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Secretary (Consular, Passport and Visa and OIA), Ministry of External Affairs. The Qatari side was led by Dr. Ahmad Hassan Al-Hamadi, Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Both sides expressed satisfaction that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, they have kept in close touch including the telephone conversations between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Amir of Qatar and the visit of External Affairs Minister to Qatar in December last year. These high level exchanges gave new momentum to bilateral relations. The Indian side thanked the Qatari side for taking care of the Indian community in Qatar during the pandemic.
The Foreign Office Consultations provided an opportunity to review the entire gamut of bilateral relations, including political, energy, trade, investments, defence, food security, health security, science and technology, consular, community and cultural issues. Both sides reiterated their commitment to working closely together in these areas and further discussing new areas of cooperation. The two sides also exchanged views on issues of mutual interest at the regional and multilateral levels, including cooperation at the UN and other international fora.
Both sides agreed to convene the first Joint Commission Meeting at Foreign Minister level at an early date.
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