Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the State of Qatar undertook an official visit to India from 2-3 December, 2016.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by senior Ministers, including Finance, Transport & Communication and Municipality & Environment, apart from the CEOs of Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Qatar Airways as also Deputy CEO of Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and several key captains of Industry.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani met Saturday at his residence in New Delhi with India’s Interior Minister Rajnath Singh.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations and means to promote and develop them, particularly in the field of security. The two sides also reviewed a number of issues of common concern.
The meeting was attended by members of the official delegation.
During this visit, Qatar and India signed four agreements on visas, cyberspace and investments following delegation-level talks led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.
One agreement allows holders of diplomatic, special and official passports of the two countries visa-free travel between the two countries.
A protocol on technical cooperation in cyber space and combating cyber crime was signed between the Ministry of Home Affairs of India and the Ministry of Interior of Qatar.
The protocol adds an important dimension of bilateral technical cooperation in cyberspace and combating cyber crime to the existing framework agreement in the field of security signed in November 2008.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also signed between Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy of Qatar and Confederation of Indian Industry which will provide a framework for project experts for Indian companies in Qatar, including through participation in infrastructure projects in Qatar undertaken for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Al Thani arrived to India on Friday in what was the third exchange of high-level visits between India and the Gulf nation in less than two years.
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani visited India in March 2015 which was followed by the visit of Modi to that Gulf nation in June 2016.
Indians form the largest expatriate community in Qatar exceeding 630,000 residents.