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Indian navy veterans: PM Modi meets the Qatar ruler amid death row

Indian navy veterans: PM Modi meets the Qatar ruler amid death row

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Virendra Pandit

 

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani in Dubai, for the first time after a Qatar court convicted eight former Indian Navy officials.

The meeting is significant as the eight former Indian Navy personnel were given death sentences by a Qatar court and New Delhi reportedly filed an appeal against the sentence, the media reported on Saturday.

The two leaders’ meeting came on the sidelines of the COP28 summit in Dubai on Friday. They discussed bilateral partnership and the well-being of the Indian community in the oil-rich country.

“On the sidelines of the COP28 Summit in Dubai yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet HH Sheikh @TamimBinHamad, the Amir of Qatar.

“We had a good conversation on the potential of bilateral partnership and the well-being of the Indian community in Qatar,” PM Modi posted on X (formerly Twitter) on Saturday.

The eight Indian nationals, who worked with the private company Al Dahra, were arrested in August last year reportedly in an alleged case of espionage. Neither the Qatari authorities nor New Delhi made the charges against the Indian nationals public.

India had described the ruling by the court in Qatar as “deeply” shocking and had vowed to explore all legal options in the case.

Prime Minister Modi had a hectic schedule on Friday as he addressed four sessions at the UN climate change conference, met various world leaders, and also held some bilateral meetings.

 

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