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India a land of opportunities: PM

nation Updated: Jun 06, 2016 08:28 IST

DOHA/NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday met business leaders in Qatar and invited them to invest in India by saying the country is a land of opportunities and its 800 million youth is the nation’s strength.

“Business First. For first engagement of the day, Prime Minister attends roundtable meeting with Qatari Business Leaders,” ministry of external affairs (MEA) spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted.

Swarup quoted Modi as saying, “India is a land of opportunity. I have come to personally invite you to take advantage of this opportunity,” in a tweet on Sunday.

“Qatar’s minister of trade and economy welcomes PM @narendramodi, seeks more intensive eco engagement with India,” Swarup said in another tweet. India’s projects like smart cities, metros, urban waste management are carried out to improve quality of life in the country, PM Modi said in the meeting.

PM Modi identified agro-processing, railways and solar energy as some promising areas for Qatari investment.

Modi will hold talks with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani later in the day. He addressed Indian workers at a medical camp in Doha on Saturday. The PM reached Qatari capital Doha from Afghanistan on Saturday night where he was received by the country’s Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Meanwhile, India and Qatar on Sunday signed seven agreements, including investment and tourism promotion, as the two sides discussed ways to take bilateral ties beyond the current normal trading relationship. (With agency inputs)

First Published: Jun 06, 2016 08:28 IST