Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar, on December 27, met his Qatari counterpart and discussed ways to strengthen trade and business partnerships between both the countries. Jaishankar is currently on a two-day visit to Qatar where he is scheduled to meet other dignitaries in addition to deputy PM Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani. Revealing details of his visit, the External Affairs Minister tweeted that both the parties held a business roundtable wherein he introduced the Qatari leadership to opportunities flowing out from “Atmanirbhar Bharat.” He also expressed his gratitute to Sheikh Khalifa and Sheikh Faisal, the Chairpersons of QCCI (Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry) and QBA (Qatari Businessmen Association).

 As per a statement, the Indian diplomat-turned-minister would also convey gratitude to the state of Qatar for taking care of and providing necessary support to the Indians stuck in Qatar during the pandemic. Currently, Qatar hosts as many as 7 lakh Indians. Both India and Qatar have strong economic, political and cultural ties which are propelled by frequent meetings and interactions between leaders from both sides, the release regarding the visit stated.