EMIR VISITS THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT
The Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, as part of the many recent visits to countries of strategic and trade importance, called on the leaders of Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka during his tour of the subcontinent.
Accompanied by high-level delegation that comprised ministers, senior officials and prominent business leaders, HH the Emir's visit to these countries focused on expanding bilateral and trade relations beyond the energy sector. During his stay in Pakistan he met with President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who urged Qatar to allow more Pakistani workers access to employment opportunities in Qatar. Both sides also signed three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) aimed at
a increasing cooperation in education and culture. Continuing his tour, HH the Emir landed in New Delhi to meet with President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior ministers from the Indian government. Qatar expressed keen interest in investing in a number of “interesting initiatives” undertaken by India and conveyed trust in the country's economy. The External Affairs Ministry reportedly highlighted railways, defence, infrastructure, Smart Cities, retail and LNG terminals as offering “immense opportunities” for Qatari investment, while Qatar Airways Chairman HE Akbar Al Baker reinstated his interest in the domestic airliner IndiGo. Six agreements, in the areas of prisoner transfer, information & communication, diplomacy, news exchange and radio and television, were inked during this visit. In the concluding leg of the tour, HH the Emir visited Sri Lanka and met with the newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena, and the two countries signed nine MoUs covering investment, economic cooperation, tourism, education and agriculture.