After Afghanistan, PM Modi leaves for Qatar to focus on energy and investments


Reflecting India’s strong commitment  to reconstruction of the war-ravaged Afghanistan , Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani  jointly inaugurated the Rs 1,700 crore Afghan-India Friendship Dam  in strategically important Herat province.

After Afghanistan ,Modi left  for  Qatar as  India and Qatar are expected to give a fresh push to their economic ties, particularly in the hydrocarbon sector, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi  will seek investments for development back home. The discussions are expected to focus on energy but various other aspects of the relationship will also come up during the talks.Qatar visit vi ia a part of Pm Modi’s strategy on improving ties with the Gulf region which is crucial for India’s energy security.

Modi place special emphasis to Qatar as  Indian diaspora of over 6,30,000 form the largest expatriate community in Qatar .
Modi will also address top business leaders of Qatar, a country which is India’s largest supplier of LNG requirements, accounting for 65 per cent of its total imports last financial year.

During the interaction with the business community tomorrow morning, the Prime Minister is likely to seek greater investments, particularly in the infrastructure sector.

He will then hold detailed talks with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on a range of bilateral issues as well as regional and international matters of mutual concern.

Qatar is an important trading partner for India in the Gulf region with bilateral trade in 2014-15 exceeding USD 15 billion

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