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Qatar Emir to make first official visits to India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

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Qatar's Emir
Qatar\’s Emir

The Emir will visit India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – countries that are collectively home to about a third of Qatar’s population – on his latest foreign trip next week.

It’s the first time Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has made an official state visit to any of the countries, according to records published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

The Emir has spent considerable time in recent months on official state visits to foreign countries. A month ago, he visited Japan before traveling to the US for his first official White House visit. Last weekend, he was in Turkey.

Former Emir during 2012 India visit.
Former Emir during 2012 India visit.

His father and former Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, traveled to India in 2012 with his wife, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.

At the time, a deal to sell Qatar’s liquified natural gas (LNG) was a significant part of the high-level visit, but Indian media reported that the treatment of India’s large diaspora in the Gulf country was also discussed.

There are an estimated 500,000 Indians living in Qatar. While many are employed in professional and managerial positions, large numbers work in low-income construction jobs, where they are vulnerable to abuse at the hands of their sponsors.

The remittances from overseas workers are an important part of the Indian economy, making up 3.7 percent of the country’s economy. India, like other labor-sending countries, has negotiated a minimum wage for its nationals working in Qatar, but some recruiting companies have previously said that those agreements are not always followed.

Pakistan

Energy and labor issues are also expected to be raised during the Emir’s visit to Pakistan, which will be the first trip to the country by a Qatari leader since 1999, according to MOFA.

Pakistan flag
Pakistan flag

The two nations appear to have finalized a 15-year, multibillion-dollar deal to ship LNG to Karachi after months of negotiations, primarily over price. Media reports suggest that the agreement may be officially signed during the Emir’s visit.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Tamim’s visit to Sri Lanka comes roughly a month after the country’s diaspora received a plot of land from the Qatar government to build a permanent school in the Al Thumama area of Doha.

Currently, the Stafford Sri Lankan School operates from a rented building off Salwa Road near the Midmac flyover, according to the Gulf Times. The school currently has more than 900 students and employs about 60 teachers.

The new facility will accommodate some 2,000 students.

As in past visits, Qatar will sign various agreements and memorandums of understanding with the south Asian countries, covering fields such as youth and sports, culture, health, communications and information technology, Qatar’s state news agency reported.

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Sagar Limbu Chabegu
Sagar Limbu Chabegu
6 years ago

Why Not in Nepal??

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

Apparently you can’t get good karak or shisha there

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

I wonder if anyone will raise the issue that indian visas are very had to get these days and as for Pakistanis forfet about it

Adnan Saleem
Adnan Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

your spell checker is turned-off, I guess… 🙂

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
6 years ago
Reply to  Adnan Saleem

I think he’s only nervous because he’s Indian.

Azk
Azk
6 years ago

Exactly I guess he forgot Qatar was an independent nation and not a state of India.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Adnan Saleem

Fixed it *wobbles head* in thousand apologies

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  Adnan Saleem

Deleting this part of the thread because of personal attacks and it’s getting pretty racist.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

I’m being accused of being an indian, how racist is that?!!?

I’m always surpsrised at the intolerance in the Middle East between different nationalities.

Adnan Saleem
Adnan Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

But my comment was not an attack? But got delete :O ?

Azk
Azk
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Qatar reserves the right to refuse visas to your countrymen. India is not the only country providing labour. There are many others and it is good Qatar is trying to diversify it. Its called multiculturalism. And it is a good decision taking into account how Indian companies have an Indians only policy. In some countries that would be called racist.
And before you start with your tirade, the idea of restricting visas is very common in the so called liberal west.

SullyofDoha
SullyofDoha
6 years ago
Reply to  Azk

Lol. Qatar does NOT practice ‘multiculturalism’.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Azk

Yes they do but my countrymen can get visas easly and in a way I support the limiting of Indians coming to Qatar. Once they get here they don’t leave and some places look like downtown Bombay.

I guess they will take my Indian passport away for saying that. Lol

Bling
Bling
6 years ago
Reply to  Azk

LOL

facty
facty
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

So your brother and sister cant get a Qatari visa and you want the Indian PM to enquire about this. Once more, Who were you again?

The Reporter
The Reporter
6 years ago

Please dissuade him from repeating what he said to the British Prime Minister about the significant reforms that have been made to the Qatar labor laws and improvements to workers conditions.

johnny wang
johnny wang
6 years ago
Reply to  The Reporter

Perhaps countries like India are not weak and stupid like the British to believe anything and everything though they might not make loud noises.about it. I suppose India is in a very huge trade relationship with Qatar and is a very large customer for its oil and gas. Both are in it togather for a mutually beneficial relationship and nothing much else

SuperMario
SuperMario
6 years ago
Reply to  johnny wang

Specially aftr new strong Govt.in India..Qatar wll hve to walk th talk..btw Qatarairways highest revenue is generated frm India too..

johnny wang
johnny wang
6 years ago
Reply to  SuperMario

Not just QA but the same applies for Emirates and Etihad. Its countries like China and India which keep some of this companies afloat but this organizations feel a bit shy and backwards to acknowledge this and its no wonder they keep on adding more and more services to this sectors

AmarAkbarAnthony
AmarAkbarAnthony
6 years ago
Reply to  SuperMario

“New strong govt in India” -lololololololol

SuperMario
SuperMario
6 years ago

Seems u watch WWE too much..Strong in terms of Numbers which is also clld Majority in Parliament..not Choke slamming Lol…!!!

Jay
Jay
6 years ago

You seems to be too busy with work or full time sleepy!…Wake up

AmarAkbarAnthony
AmarAkbarAnthony
6 years ago
Reply to  The Reporter

None of these Asian govts are even to raise their mouth regarding the issues of labor laws. They’ll just talk about ways to increase trade and fill their coffers. Just have a look at how Asian embassies look into the welfare of their citizens. The Gulf countries don;t care about what the Asian govts have to say. They just are bothered about the western govts and their response. And if the British PM can be given hollow assurances you cannot forget about the rest. In the words of Mr Baker- As long as there are third world countries there will be no shortage of labor in QA- pretty much sums up their attitude.

Rex Julian
Rex Julian
6 years ago

My wishes to him may the trip will continue to make good relationship with India and Qatar

SuperMario
SuperMario
6 years ago

Interesting to see who wll b first..

Anees
Anees
6 years ago

Ameer,heart felt welcome to Kerala too..Kerala is the southern state of India..around 1 Million keralalites are working at Qatar.1 million keralites are living at uae too…They are at saudhi,Bahrain in huge numbers..

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