Qatar, India to establish joint commission to strengthen ties

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-30 17:59:13|Editor: xuxin
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DOHA, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Qatar and India have signed a joint declaration to establish a joint commission after discussing latest developments of the ongoing Gulf crisis, state-run Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported on Monday.

The declaration was signed by Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani and India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who is currently on an official visit in Doha.

According to a statement issued by Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during the meeting, the two sides discussed latest developments of the Gulf crisis, Kuwaiti mediation efforts, as well as regional and international issues of common concerns.

The two ministers also discussed bilateral relations and ways to boost them.

The new joint commission will be charged with tasks of formulating the required basis to strengthen the relations between the two countries.

It will also facilitate the exchange of information and expertise as well as encourage bilateral consultation between the two countries.

Qatar and India established diplomatic relations in 1973. Qatar is India's biggest exporter of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

India's exports to Qatar are approximately 1.2 billion dollars per year, in particular after the imposition of the blockade on Qatar by its Gulf neighbors.