Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured Indian workers in Qatar that he will take up problems faced by them during his talks with leaders of this Gulf nation.
Addressing Indian workers at a medical camp in downtown Doha on Saturday evening, Modi said he is aware of the issues being faced by Indian workers and the companies that bring them here.
“I am aware of the issues you are facing. I will talk about it when I meet the authorities,” he said.
“Maybe none of you know me. But you must be feeling good that somebody has come from India to meet you,” said a smiling Modi as he addressed a gathering of workers dressed in bright yellow uniforms at a free medical camp organised by the Indian Community Benevolent Fund (ICBF) and the Indian Doctors Community (IDC).
“I have good news for you. This year the monsoon will be good in India,” he said.
The Prime Minister has been focusing on improving ties with the Gulf region which is crucial for India’s energy security. He has already visited United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
He is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Qatar in the last eight years. The then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had visited Doha in 2008.
“India’s historical and close relations with Qatar are marked by mutually beneficial commercial exchanges and extensive people-to-people contacts,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup had said ahead of the visit.
There has been regular exchange of high-level bilateral visits in the recent past. The Emir of Qatar had visited India in March 2015. Previously, the then Emir of Qatar had visited India in 1999, 2005 and 2012.
From Qatar, the Prime Minister will travel to Switzerland on way to the USA.