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Qatar and India sign pacts on cybersecurity, World Cup projects

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Prime ministers of Qatar and India. Credit: Narendra Modi/Twitter

Qatar and India will work together more closely on fighting terrorist financing, building energy investments and collaborating on construction projects ahead of the 2022 World Cup, officials have announced.

Qatar’s Prime Minister wrapped up a two-day visit to the Asian nation over the weekend.

While there, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani met with his counterpart PM Narendra Modi, as well as India’s President and Interior Minister, among others.

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim and India’s PM Narendra Modi in June

The visit comes about six months after Modi made his first official trip to Qatar over the summer.

Indians comprise the largest demographic group in Qatar, numbering more than 630,000 people.

Agreements

According to Indian media reports, the officials inked five deals in total, related to:

  • Cyber security (including combating money laundering);
  • Visa-free travel for diplomatic, special and official passport holders;
  • E-visa system for business travelers and tourists (preliminary);
  • Ports management cooperation; and
  • Infrastructure building in Qatar, particularly between the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and Doha-based Indian companies ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Other topics of interest included growing Qatar and India’s food security, aviation and energy ties, the Hindu reports.

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