Last Updated: February 12, 2024, 16:12 IST
Foreign Secretary announced Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Qatar after concluding his UAE visit. (Image: PTI/File)
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Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra on Monday thanked the Qatari government and its Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on the release of eight Indian ex-Navy veterans from Qatar.
Speaking at a press conference here, Kwatra also announced Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Qatar after concluding his UAE visit where he will inaugurate the BAPS Hindu Temple Abu Dhabi. “We are grateful for their return. We deeply appreciate the decision of Qatar’s government and the Emir to release them. We are happy to have seven of those Indian nationals back,” the Foreign Secretary said during the presser of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
#WATCH | On the release of eight Indian ex-Navy veterans from Qatar, Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra says, “We are grateful for their return. We deeply appreciate the decision of Qatar’s government and the Amir to release them. We are happy to have seven of those Indian… pic.twitter.com/e9xux3p1uf— ANI (@ANI) February 12, 2024
Kwatra said the eighth Indian national has also been released and India continues to work with the Qatar government to see how quickly his return to India would be possible. “Prime Minister has himself personally constantly supervised all the developments in this case and has never shied away from any initiatives that would ensure the return of Indian nationals back to home,” he added.
During the press conference, the Foreign Secretary also Modi’s Qatar visit. After completing his UAE visit, on February 14, the Prime Minister will travel to Doha. During the visit PM Modi will hold bilateral with the Emir of Qatar and other high-level dignitaries of the country. “This will be PM’s second visit to Qatar…strong bilateral trade between India and Qatar, currently stands at $20 Billion,” Kwatra said.
This visit comes amid reports that the early December in Dubai between PM Modi and the Emir of Qatar set the ball rolling for the release of eight Indian Navy veterans. This was confirmed by Union Minister G Kishan Reddy who revealed that PM Modi’s intervention was key to the release of Indian Navy personnel. “I would like to thank PM Narendra Modi,” he said.