India, Qatar sign seven agreements to boost bilateral ties

India and Qatar have signed seven bilateral agreements in various fields to boost bilateral ties.

These agreements were signed in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Qatar Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha.

It was PM Narendra Modi’s second stop to Qatar after he had visited to Afghanistan as part of his five- nation tour which will also take him to Switzerland, US and Mexico.

Signed agreements are

  • MoU for investment in National investment & infrastructure fund: It aims at establishing framework for facilitating participation of Qatari institutional investors in Infrastructure projects in India under NIIF.
  • MoU on cooperation in tourism: Aims at enhancing bilateral cooperation in the field of planning and developi
  • ng of tourism. It will be done through promotion and marketing to support cooperation between private sector stakeholders.
  • Agreement on cooperation and mutual assistance in custom matters: It promotes mutual assistance and cooperation on matters pertaining to customs administration through exchange of information and intelligence between the two countries.
  • MoU on Finance Intelligence Unit-India (FIU-IND) and Qatar Financial Information Unit (QFIU): Facilitate exchange of intelligence related to terrorism-financing, money laundering and related crimes and persons connected thereto.
  • MoU in the field of youth and sports: It provides exchanges and cooperation in sports activities, exchange visits of leaders and officials and training camps for sports teams etc. between the two countries.
  • MoU on cooperation in skill development & recognition of qualifications:
  • MoU on cooperation in the field of health: Provides cooperation in areas of health, including in environmental and occupational health, pharmaceuticals, medical education.
  • It also seeks to exchange of the best practices in the field of primary healthcare, technology, research in the field of health care, health care system and exchange of medical scientists and experts.

Besides, PM Narendra Modi and Qatar Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani had wide-ranging talks. They highlighted the need to isolate the supporters and sponsors of terrorism. They also decided to constitute an inter-ministerial high-level joint committee to regularly review all bilateral matters, as well as regional and global issues of mutual interest.

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