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Key Highlights of Bilateral Relationship between India and Qatar (Updated on October 2014)

India has a long history of friendly relations with Qatar marked by commercial ties and people to people contacts. The relationship today is rich, close and multi-dimensional. The large Indian community acts as a catalyst for enhanced ties across the spectrum of bilateral relations. There is a growing synergy in the hydrocarbon and other sectors. More recently, a number of steps have been taken to further strengthen and expand bilateral relations. These include exchanges of high level visits, cooperation in multilateral institutions, political consultations etc. The Emir, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani visited India in April 1999 and in May 2005. The Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al Thani visited India in April 2006. Hon’ble Prime Minister visited Doha on November 9 - 10, 2008, marking the first ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister.

Indian Diaspora in Qatar: 

·         Non Residents Indians (NRI):  500000 (February 2010)
·         Overseas Citizen of India (OCI): NA (February 2010)
·         Total Indian Community: 500000 (February 2010)
·         Remittance inflows (US$ Million): 2293.86 (2012)

India’s trade with Qatar:

·         Export (US$ Million): 461.53 (April-August 2014)
·         Import (US$ Million): 6981.78 (April-August 2014)
·         Total (US$ Million): 7443.31 (April-August 2014)
·         Trade Balance (US$ Million): -6520.25 (April-August 2014)

Bilateral Investment with Qatar:

·         Investment inflows (US$ Million): 0.74 (2014-upto July 2014)
·         Investment outflows (US$ Million): 0.35 (August 2014)


Bilateral Agreement:

  • MOU BETWEEN INDIA AND QATAR ON COOPERATION IN OIL AND GAS (April 09, 2012)
  • AGREEMENT BETWEEN INDIA AND QATAR ON DEFENCE CO-OPERATION (November 09, 2008)
  • AGREEMENT BETWEEN INDIA AND QATAR ON COOPERATION IN SECURITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT MATTERS (November 09, 2008)
  • MOU BETWEEN INDIA AND QATAR ON COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF YOUTH AND SPORTS (April 07, 1999)
  • AGREEMENT CONCERNING THE ORGANISATION OF MANPOWER EMPLOYMENT BETWEEN INDIA AND QATAR (April 11, 1985)
  • AGREEMENT ON ECONOMIC AND TECHNICAL COOPERATION BETWEEN INDIA AND QATAR (April 19, 1984)
  • AGREEMENT OF CULTURAL AND TECHNICAL COOPERATION BETWEEN INDIA AND QATAR (June 04, 1980)  
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