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April 4, 2012

Qatar Emir to pay state visit to India

     New Delhi: Qatar Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani will pay a state visit to India from April 8 to 10 at the invitation of President Pratibha Devisingh Patil. The Emir of Qatar would be accompanied by his wife Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, a high-level ministerial delegation, senior officials and businessmen during the visit. This is the third visit of the Emir to India , the last two being in 1999 and 2005. During his stay in India , the Emir will meet President Patil who will host a banquet in his honour. Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna will call on the Emir. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the Leader of Opposition, Sushma Swaraj, will also call on the Emir. The Emir will also hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. Dr. Singh visited Qatar in November 2008. India 's relations with Qatar have been historically close and friendly. Qatar is the largest supplier of LNG to India . Qatar also hosts an Indian community of around 500,000 persons. The visit of the Emir is expected to provide further impetus to our multifaceted engagement.
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