West Asia particularly GCC international locations are pivotal to India’s vitality safety and Diaspora welfare. Qatar is the per capita richest nation and is the biggest provider of fuel to India. The exterior affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar is on a two-day go to to Qatar the place moreover assembly together with his counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, he might be assembly different prime political leaders in that nation.
In response to the Ministry of Exterior Affairs, the agenda of the go to to Qatar contains discussions of bilateral, regional in addition to worldwide points. And he can even, convey India’s gratitude for caring for its residents through the COVID-19 pandemic in the previous few months.
In 2020, there have been round seven visits to the area and the main focus has been on the Diaspora, vitality safety in addition to regional and worldwide points.
Views of a former diplomat
“Over the last decade, extra so for the reason that onset of Modi Authorities, the high-level visits and interactions grew to become frequent and most of these relationships have acquired an actual strategic character,” a former diplomat opines.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited all GCC international locations and a few greater than as soon as. Exterior Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar’s go to to Doha must be seen on this context of increasing and deepening ties. Regardless of greater than three years’ Gulf blockade, which is prone to ease, Qatar has emerged stronger in its worldwide outreach,” Ambassador Anil Trigunayat tells Monetary Categorical On-line.
“India’s exports to Qatar have practically doubled and India is hoping to attract in additional investments and to verify future fuel provide contracts. It has been essential in US’s Afghan coverage and even now the talks between Taliban and the Afghan authorities are at present being held wherein India has a major curiosity as stability in Afghanistan can also be essential to it. Diaspora welfare is of utmost significance and with over 7 lakh Indians in Qatar and their ongoing labour reforms are equally essential to debate in order that Indians might proceed to contribute in Qatar’s growth,” the previous ambassador to the area says.
“As West Asia goes by way of a churn and new political dynamic is rising it’s helpful to work together with the Qatari counterparts. Furthermore, additional high-level exchanges should be deliberate by figuring out newer areas of collaboration in bilateral and regional context therefore Dr Jaishankar’s go to to Doha acquires higher salience because it occurs to be his first go to to Qatar as EAM, ” Amb Trigunayat, Distinguished Fellow, VIF, concludes.
Seven visits to West Asian international locations
In September, on their strategy to Moscow for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) assembly, each defence minister Rajnath Singh and the exterior affairs minister S Jaishankar made a stopover in Tehran. There they met with their counterparts respectively.
Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum & Pure Fuel and Metal, visited Kuwait and provided condolences on behalf of India on the passing away of former Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al Ahmed al Jaber al Sabah.
In November, Jaishankar visited UAE and Bahrain.
And, earlier this month, within the first-ever go to to West Asia, the Indian Military Chief MM Naravane visited Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
This month the Minister of State within the MEA V Muraleedharan visited Oman.
India & Qatar
There are nearly seven lakh Indians residing and dealing in Qatar and plenty of of them ship large quantities of remittances again to India.
Qatar lately launched labour reforms which have been adopted for the welfare of the employees. These measures which embrace the settlement of labour points; secure motion and the institutionalisation of rights of employees have been welcomed by India.
The Gulf nation can also be the host of the intra-Afghan talks and Taliban delegation with Afghanistan. These talks are additionally the main focus of talks between Jaishankar and the leaders of Qatar.
As has been reported earlier, the minister had nearly joined the ceremony marking the beginning of talks between the Taliban and the Afghan authorities, which have been hosted by Qatar.
This month, PM Modi spoke to Amir Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. Investments was the main focus of the phone talks and the 2 sides have determined to arrange a particular job drive which can assist in facilitating investments by Qatar funding authority into India, particularly within the vitality sector.