The Emerging Partnership between India and Qatar: Four agreements signed

On Saturday, India and Qatar signed four agreements on visas, cyberspace and investments after the delegation talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Qatar Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.

The Qatari PM reached Delhi on Friday and is on a two-day visit to India. This was the third such meeting between India and the Gulf nation in less than two years.

The India-Qatar relations were analyzed in depth in the capital and the follow-up of the decisions taken during PM’s visit to Qatar in June 2016 was also done.

“Four Forward! The leaders witnessed exchange of four agreements in the fields of visas, cyberspace and investments,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

According to the new pact signed between the two countries, now the diplomatic, special and official passports holders can travel without a visa between these countries. One letter of intent was also signed, which equipped the provision of negotiating in an agreement on e-visa to businesspersons and tourists.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy of Qatar and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for providing a framework for project experts of Indian companies in Qatar. Al Thani urged India to invest in infrastructure in the wake of the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Another MoU has also been signed for more collaboration and exchange between the countries in the field of national ports management.

Among other discussions, Delhi and Doha also identified civil aviation as a priority sector for enhancing cooperation in the future.

SOURCES: Economic Times, Hindu Business Line


Venezuela, Qatar, Russia and Saudi Arabia freeze oil production


Earlier today, in a short agreement in Qatar, Venezuela, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Qatar said that they would not increase exceed crude-oil production beyond January’s highest production. They agreed upon this as long as long as major oil companies followed suit. This is the first coordinated step towards increasing oil prices. This decision implies the need for Iran and Iraq to halt production too.

Iraq’s oil production in the past has beaten records with the country producing untiringly to generate revenue for the fight against the Islamic state. On the other hand, Iran is trying to increase output given that the western sanctions over the nuclear program have ended.

Saudi’s Oil Minister Ali al- Naimi explained that maintaining the prices at January’s level is adequate as gyrations in prices is not desirable. He further added that the aim is to meet demand and maintain a steady oil price.

Analysts believe that the pact is a step in the right direction. However, they believe that global inventories are close to record levels and any lobbying towards a stable price will be dampened.


Sources: Wall Street JournalBloomberg.

FIFA confirms dates for 2022 Qatar World Cup

Zurich: In a move to confirm the 2022 Qatar World Cup amidst the controversy surrounding it, the FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) on Friday, announced that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will begin on November 21.
The tournament will be 28 days long and will finish on December 18. FIFA’s executive committee confirmed the 2022 dates six months after picking the December 18 date for the final, which happens to be a national holiday in Qatar.
Earlier, in March 2015, FIFA decided to switch the 2022 World Cup from the usual June-July schedule to avoid Qatar’s summer heat.
A 28-day World Cup is four less than the usual tournament and is designed to cause less disruption to clubs and leagues which must shut down for several mid-season weeks.
According to the calendar approved on Friday, clubs must release players to the 32 World Cup teams by 14 November 2022 – a week before the opening match.
No qualifiers for continental championships or friendlies have been set for October 2022. Instead, the two fixtures typically scheduled in October will be moved forward four months.
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Afghanistan’s Karzai heads to Qatar to discuss peace with Taliban

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai speaks during the opening ceremony of the third year of the Afghanistan parliament in Kabul March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

In an effort to find a solution to the twelve year war, the Afghan President will travel to Qatar to discuss peace with the Taliban. This trip of Karzai was announced by the Afghan foreign ministry spokesman, Janan Mosazai. The announcement comes weeks after the President made a fiery speech at the arrival of the new U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in his country accusing the U.S. of holding peace talks with the Taliban without his presence.

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