Ambassador of India to Qatar Dr Deepak Mittal affirmed that Qatar and India enjoy traditionally close and friendly relations and that the leadership in both countries have excellent chemistry, with regular engagement, pointing out that a strong Indian community in Qatar forms an important pillar.
In an exclusive statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) ahead of the National Day, the ambassador explained that India and Qatar have deep-rooted historical ties and strong multifaceted co-operation between the two countries in the areas of energy, trade, investment, education and culture. He added that the two countries are working together on some of the most pressing challenges facing the planet, from combating climate change to terrorism, from public health to Internet governance and food sufficiency.
The ambassador added that there is a belief that there is a vast potential in Qatari-Indian relations yet to be realised, which includes developing a comprehensive partnership in the areas of energy, strengthening cross border investments, diversification of bilateral trade, extending partnership in healthcare, building synergies in education and technology, expanding co-operation in technology and FinTech, and promoting more people to people and cultural contacts. The ambassador noted that bilateral co-operation has ensured in promoting peace and stability in the region and the larger world.
Ambassador Mittal stated that Qatar, under the wise and able leadership, has accomplished great achievements and made impressive strides in many areas, including education, industry, infrastructure, energy, business, tourism and healthcare, explaining that Qatar is on the path to realising the objectives identified under Qatar National Vision 2030.
He pointed out that over the past few months, during the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic, the steps taken by the Qatar authorities to contain and control the spread of the disease in the country and in ensuring the welfare and well-being of all the residents are remarkable.
He expressed gratitude to the leadership and the Government of Qatar for their patronage, care and support to the Indian community over the years.
He added that on behalf of the government and the people of India, he is conveying the warmest greetings and felicitations to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, other members of the ruling family, representatives of the Government of Qatar and the friendly people of Qatar.