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Foreign minister S Jaishankar will be carrying Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal letter for Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

Jaishankar on thank you mission to Kuwait via Qatar

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 09, 2021 09:17 AM IST
During the second wave of pandemic in India, Kuwait supplied oxygen cylinders and other medical equipment, while Qatar proved to be the new logistic and transportation hub to western India.
A day after Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Punjab Congress MLA from Amritsar East, appeared in Delhi before the party’s three-member committee, constituted to resolve infighting in the state unit ahead of the assembly elections, posters announcing that he had gone missing surfaced in his constituency.(Sanjeev Kumar/ HT photo)
A day after Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Punjab Congress MLA from Amritsar East, appeared in Delhi before the party’s three-member committee, constituted to resolve infighting in the state unit ahead of the assembly elections, posters announcing that he had gone missing surfaced in his constituency.(Sanjeev Kumar/ HT photo)

News updates from HT: Navjot Singh Sidhu 'missing' posters surface in Amritsar

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 02, 2021 04:54 PM IST
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Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said there is no motivation reestablish ties with Syria. (REUTERS)
Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said there is no motivation reestablish ties with Syria. (REUTERS)

'No reason for normalising ties with Syria': Qatar foreign minister

Reuters | , Dubai
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2021 02:21 PM IST
Qatar was among several regional states including Saudi Arabia that backed rebels in Syria's decade-old civil war.
Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 moon sighting: Saudi Arabia to sight crescent on Tuesday(Twitter/MAbduweli)
Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 moon sighting: Saudi Arabia to sight crescent on Tuesday(Twitter/MAbduweli)

Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 moon sighting highlights: Crescent not sighted in Saudi Arabia

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2021 09:36 PM IST
  • Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 moon sighting highlights: The crescent moon for the month of Shawwal 1442 was not sighted on Tuesday evening. Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Thursday, May 13 2021 which will mark the end of Ramadan 2021
Ramadan 2021: Saudi Arabia, India, other countries that begin fasts from Tuesday(Twitter/emrecelikrumi)
Ramadan 2021: Saudi Arabia, India, other countries that begin fasts from Tuesday(Twitter/emrecelikrumi)

Ramadan 2021: Saudi Arabia, India, others that may begin fasts from Tuesday

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2021 07:03 PM IST
  • Ramadan 2021: From Saudi Arabia to Asian countries like India and Pakistan and Western nations like USA and UK, here is a list of regions that begin fasting from Tuesday after sighting the crescent moon
Ramadan 2021 moon sighting LIVE updates: Saudi Arabia, others to sight the moon(Twitter/jimcarr_wpg)
Ramadan 2021 moon sighting LIVE updates: Saudi Arabia, others to sight the moon(Twitter/jimcarr_wpg)

Ramadan 2021 moon sighting highlights: Saudi Arabia committee announces date

UPDATED ON APR 11, 2021 11:59 PM IST
  • Ramadan 2021 moon sighting updates: Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court had called on all Muslims in UAE, Qatar and other Arab states to sight the crescent moon for the onset of the Holy month of Ramadan on Sunday evening, Sha’ban 29, 1442 AH, that is April 11, 2021
This handout picture released by the Qatar Amiri Diwan on March 8, 2021, shows Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (2nd-R) meeting with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud (3rd-L) in the Qatari capital Doha. (AFP Photo / Qatar Amiri Diwan)
This handout picture released by the Qatar Amiri Diwan on March 8, 2021, shows Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (2nd-R) meeting with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud (3rd-L) in the Qatari capital Doha. (AFP Photo / Qatar Amiri Diwan)

Saudi Arabia, Egypt embark on long road to rebuild ties with Qatar

Reuters |
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2021 07:19 PM IST
Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Saudi Arabia severed relations with Qatar in mid-2017 over accusations that Doha supports terrorism - a broad allusion to Islamist movements, a charge that it denies.
Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani (2nd-R) greeting Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud (L) upon arrival in Qatar.(AFP)
Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani (2nd-R) greeting Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud (L) upon arrival in Qatar.(AFP)

Saudi foreign minister meets Qatar's emir Hamad al-Thani in Doha: Report

Reuters | , Dubai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 06:14 PM IST
QNA said the prince delivered a verbal message from Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on enhancing bilateral ties as well as on regional and international developments.
Pakistan has become one of the top emerging markets for the super-chilled fuel in recent years as domestic gas production has plateaued, forcing the nation to import cargoes. In this picture the Petronet LNG Dahej Terminal can be seen.(HT Archive/For Representative Purposes Only)
Pakistan has become one of the top emerging markets for the super-chilled fuel in recent years as domestic gas production has plateaued, forcing the nation to import cargoes. In this picture the Petronet LNG Dahej Terminal can be seen.(HT Archive/For Representative Purposes Only)

Pakistan hopeful of saving $3 billion in 10 years with Qatar new gas deal

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 02:53 PM IST
The agreement, signed last Friday, will save the state $317 million annually due to the reduced price of the gas compared to the 2015 agreement between the two countries, according to Nadeem Babar, Prime Minister Imran Khan's adviser on petroleum.
Qatar Airways said via Twitter on Saturday it will resume flights to Riyadh on Monday, Jeddah from Jan. 14, and Dammam from Jan. 16.(Unsplash)
Qatar Airways said via Twitter on Saturday it will resume flights to Riyadh on Monday, Jeddah from Jan. 14, and Dammam from Jan. 16.(Unsplash)

Qatar and Saudi Arabia to resume direct flights

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 08:46 AM IST
Qatar Airways and Saudi Airlines will resume flights between Doha and Riyadh from Monday in a reopening of airspace as part of a political rapprochement in a three-year-old dispute.
A picture taken on January 9, 2021, shows a cars crossing the Qatari side of the Abu Samrah border into Saudi Arabia following the opening of crossings between the two countries.(AFP)
A picture taken on January 9, 2021, shows a cars crossing the Qatari side of the Abu Samrah border into Saudi Arabia following the opening of crossings between the two countries.(AFP)

First Qatari vehicles cross border into Saudi after Gulf detente

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 05:50 PM IST
So far no flights have resumed between Qatar and the four Arab states. Qatar Airways on Thursday began re-routing some of its flights through Saudi airspace.
FILE PHOTO: The logo of FIFA.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: The logo of FIFA.(REUTERS)

FIFA to trial concussion substitutes at Club World Cup

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:57 PM IST
The trial at the Club World Cup, which will be held from Feb. 1-11, will allow one permanent concussion replacement in cases of head injury, regardless of the number of substitutions a team has made already.
South Korea will send a delegation to Iran to negotiate the release of a seized oil tanker and its crew, Seoul said on Tuesday,(VIA REUTERS)
South Korea will send a delegation to Iran to negotiate the release of a seized oil tanker and its crew, Seoul said on Tuesday,(VIA REUTERS)

Arab leaders agree to end Qatar standoff

AL-ULA, Saudi Arabia | By Agencies, Al-ula, Saudi Arabia
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 12:39 AM IST
The Saudi decision to open its airspace and borders to Qatar was the first major step towards ending the diplomatic crisis that began in 2017, just as the Trump administration was raising pressure on Iran.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani during the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) 41st Summit at Al-Ula in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani during the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) 41st Summit at Al-Ula in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

India welcomes restoration of ties between Qatar and four other Arab states

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 09:41 PM IST
The four countries had cut ties with Qatar in 2017 and imposed a partial blockade, accusing the gas and oil-rich state of backing acts of terrorism. Qatar, which had angered the other states because of its close ties with Iran and the broadcasts of the Al-Jazeera news channel, had dismissed these allegations.
The Gulf leaders made no mention of whether Qatar would rejoin the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.(Reuters representative image)
The Gulf leaders made no mention of whether Qatar would rejoin the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.(Reuters representative image)

Gulf Arabs agree to restore Qatar ties but no word on OPEC role

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 02:39 PM IST
The breakthrough ending a dispute among some of the world’s top oil and gas producers that erupted in 2017 came just two weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes office after pledging a new start with Tehran
EAM S Jaishankar with H.H Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.(Twitter/@DrSJaishankar)
EAM S Jaishankar with H.H Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.(Twitter/@DrSJaishankar)

Jaishankar wraps up Qatar visit with focus on boosting ‘multifaceted bilateral’ ties

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 11:57 PM IST
Jaishankar also discussed regional and international issues with foreign minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani.
File photo: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.(PTI)
File photo: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.(PTI)

Trade, energy cooperation on agenda in Jaishankar’s Qatar visit

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 06:28 PM IST
The visit is part of India’s ongoing outreach to West Asia, which the country sees as part of its extended neighbourhood.
According to an official statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, India and Qatar enjoy strong economic, cultural and people-to-people ties.(Twitter / @IndEmbDoha)
According to an official statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, India and Qatar enjoy strong economic, cultural and people-to-people ties.(Twitter / @IndEmbDoha)

Jaishankar arrives in Qatar for two-day visit to strengthen bilateral relations

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 05:20 PM IST
During the visit, he will hold talks with his counterpart on bilateral issues as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.
This will be S Jaishankar’s first visit to Qatar as External Affairs Minister.(PTI)
This will be S Jaishankar’s first visit to Qatar as External Affairs Minister.(PTI)

External affairs minister S Jaishankar to visit Qatar on December 27

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 10:40 PM IST
According to an official statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Jaishankar will be meeting Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani and also call on other important dignitaries of the State of Qatar.
Chairman of Qatar Olympic Committee Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani (2nd L) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani (2nd R) are pictured during the 39th Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly Meeting in the Omani capital Muscat on December 16, 2020 after Doha was selected as host city for 2030 Asian Games. (Photo by Haitham AL-SHUKAIRI / AFP)(AFP)
Chairman of Qatar Olympic Committee Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani (2nd L) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani (2nd R) are pictured during the 39th Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly Meeting in the Omani capital Muscat on December 16, 2020 after Doha was selected as host city for 2030 Asian Games. (Photo by Haitham AL-SHUKAIRI / AFP)(AFP)

Doha to host 2030 Asian Games, Saudi Arabia in 2034

MUSCAT | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 06:26 PM IST
The vote took place amid a bitter and long-running political dispute between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Saudi Arabia is one of four countries which has imposed a trade and travel boycott on Qatar since 2017, though there have recently been indications the dispute could be resolved.
Taliban delegates shake hands during talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar September 12, 2020.(Reuters/ File photo)
Taliban delegates shake hands during talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar September 12, 2020.(Reuters/ File photo)

Taliban team in Pakistan as calls grow for Afghan cease-fire

Islamabad | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 03:53 PM IST
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and his delegation were summoned to Islamabad from Qatar, where they have been negotiating since September with Afghan government representatives, officials close to the talks said.
The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss and review the entire gamut of labour and manpower cooperation related issues between the two countries, the MEA said.(Reuters File Photo)
The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss and review the entire gamut of labour and manpower cooperation related issues between the two countries, the MEA said.(Reuters File Photo)

India, Qatar agree on institutionalising measures to promote, protect workers’ rights

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2020 10:31 PM IST
The agreement was reached in the Sixth Meeting of India-Qatar Joint Committee on Labour and Manpower Development held virtually on Wednesday, according to a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs.
The decision was made when Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on the telephone with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.(PTI file photo)
The decision was made when Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on the telephone with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.(PTI file photo)

India, Qatar to set up task force to facilitate investments into India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
PUBLISHED ON DEC 09, 2020 07:55 AM IST
The leaders of India and Qatar discussed the “robust cooperation” in investment flows and energy security, and decided to “create a special task force to further facilitate investments by Qatar Investment Authority into India”, the external affairs ministry said.
Shares in Doha had slumped in 2017 after countries including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates severed ties with the gas-rich nation.(Reuters)
Shares in Doha had slumped in 2017 after countries including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates severed ties with the gas-rich nation.(Reuters)

Gulf stocks rally on Saudi Arabia, Qatar talks

By Bloomberg | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON DEC 06, 2020 02:40 PM IST
Qatar’s benchmark QE Index gained as much as 1.8%, with all but one of its 20 members rising. Equities gauges in Dubai and Abu Dhabi also climbed as trading resumed after a holiday in the United Arab Emirates.
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner will travel to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week as part of negotiations to end a longtime boycott of Qatar(REUTERS)
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner will travel to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week as part of negotiations to end a longtime boycott of Qatar(REUTERS)

Jared Kushner to travel to Saudi Arabia, Qatar this week

Washington | By Associated Press | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON NOV 30, 2020 09:15 PM IST
Jared Kushner, along with Mideast envoy Avi Berkowitz and former special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, will try to negotiate with Gulf leaders over the dispute, a White House official said.
Afghan Army recruits march at a graduation ceremony.
Afghan Army recruits march at a graduation ceremony.

At least 64 dead as Afghanistan violence spirals

Kabul | By Agencies
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 05:05 AM IST
At least 30 members of the Taliban, including six commanders, have been killed and 17 others injured in clashes in eastern province of Laghman, the Afghan government army’s eastern division, known as the 201 Selab Corps, said on Sunday.
A police officer stands guard after rockets hit residential areas in Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)
A police officer stands guard after rockets hit residential areas in Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)

Mortar shells hit Kabul residential areas; at least 8 dead

Kabul | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 21, 2020 02:29 PM IST
The shells were fired from two cars, Interior Ministry spokesperson Tariq Arian said. No one took immediate responsibility for the early morning attack that also targeted the posh Wazir Akbar Khan area of Kabul, which houses diplomatic missions.
UEFA cancels Norway vs Romania game(Reuters)
UEFA cancels Norway vs Romania game(Reuters)

UEFA cancels Norway game as virus-hit team unable to travel

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 12:44 PM IST
Norway risks a 3-0 loss by forfeit for not fulfilling the match scheduled on Sunday in Bucharest. There are no clearly available dates in the international calendar to make up the game.
Qatar government apologises for strip-searching women at the airport(Twitter/BoardingArea)
Qatar government apologises for strip-searching women at the airport(Twitter/BoardingArea)

Qatar government issues ‘sincerest apology’ for strip-searching female travellers at the airport

By Bloomberg
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 08:54 PM IST
Qatar Prime Minister and Minister of Interior apologise for invasive searches of women by Qatari authorities at Hamad International Airport, after a newborn was found in a garbage bag at the airport’s toilet on October 2.
Representational photo.(AFP)
Representational photo.(AFP)

Qatari organisers hoping more Indian eyeballs during 2022 FIFA World Cup than 2018 edition

Doha | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 09:12 PM IST
Qatar will become the first country in the Middle East to host the mega sporting event, which will kick off from November 21, 2022.
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