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India, Qatar review ties, look to hike investments


New Delhi : India and Qatar on Saturday reviewed bilateral relations with both sides seeking investments from each other across multiple sectors besides signing agreements, including on visas and cyber security.

During delegation-level talks here led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his visiting Qatari counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, the two sides reviewed bilateral relations in depth, in particular on the follow-up of the important decisions taken during Modi’s visit to Qatar in June this year.

Sources here said the two leaders discussed cooperation in various sectors and acknowledged that the current level of trade and investment was much below potential.

“Prime Minister Modi highlighted the tremendous opportunities available for Qatari investment in India’s infrastructure and energy sectors,” a source said.

“He outlined the various measures taken by his government to open up the Indian economy and welcome FDI.”

Modi and Al Thani also identified civil aviation as a priority sector for enhancing cooperation.

According to the sources, Modi mentioned that India imported eight million tonnes of urea per year and said that a long term arrangement with Qatar for the supply of urea would be welcome.

India could also meet Qatari needs in the area of food security, he said.

On his part, the Qatari Prime Minister invited India’s participation in infrastructure and investment opportunities coming up ahead of the FIFA World Cup in that Gulf nation in 2022.

He also welcomed Indian investment in the port sector of Qatar.