Indian PMModi two-day visit is focused on giving a new push to the economic ties, particularly in the hydrocarbon sector, between India and the energy-rich Qatar and India’s biggest gas supplier. The Indian PM did not miss the chance of striking chord with the Indian expats in Qatar, and sending a favorable signal back home.
Addressing Indian workers at a medical camp in downtown Doha, Modi said he is aware of the issues being faced by the Indian workers and the companies that bring them here."I am aware of the issues you are facing. I will talk about it when I meet the authorities," he said, also adding "I came to Doha in the evening and the first programme on my schedule was to meet you all".
Modi also interacted with workers after his brief address and shared refreshments with them. He shook hands with several workers during his 30-minute stay at the camp. The prime minister said he wants to congratulate the Indian expats for the good work they are doing in Qatar.
Modi also tried to strike a chord with the Indian workers when he said, "When someone from your land, speaking your language comes, I am sure that would make you very happy…If you have some issues on changing some rules and regulations, I will work with you all to bring about these changes". Indian PM Narendra Modi also shared a meal and interacted with Indian workers in Qatar!
Modi also said that he believed that the leadership in the Gulf has a lot of love and belief in the Indian community in the region. In this context, he spoke about the visit of Qatar's Emir to India last year and referred to his praise of the "unmatched contribution" of the Indian community to the development of his country.
Modi will hold detailed talks with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani tomorrow.Qatar is home to over six lakh people of Indian-origin. Qatar is also an important trading partner for India in the Gulf region with bilateral trade in 2014-15 exceeding $ 15 billion and also one of India's key sources of crude oil. India and Qatar signed seven bilateral agreements including energy, tourism, health, sports, etc.
Fresh from celebrating his second year in office, the prime minister is on a whirlwind five-nation tour. From Qatar he has now proceed to Switzerland, the US and Mexico. Before, he stopped in Afghanistan inaugurating a dam, one of several aid projects meant to bolster the Indian government plans.