India has sought investments from Qatar,especially in infrastructure projects,as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in New Delhi on Monday.
Sources said New Delhi asked Qatar,which has surplus of petro-dollars and is making investments in the Western countries,to bring in investments and assured all kind of facilities from the Indian side on this aspect.
During the bilateral talks at the Hyderabad House,the Emir also welcomed Indian companies to bid for projects. It is hosting Olympics in 2020 and FIFA World Cup in 2022,and would need lot of infrastructure building as it prepares for the two mega sports events.
He also expressed the Indian communitys contribution to the Qatars development since there are half a million Indians living in the country. He also expressed his personal commitment to the relationship with India,since this is his third visit.
After the talks,the two sides signed six agreements in diverse areas,including an overarching pact on cooperation in oil and gas exploration.
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari,United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi as well as Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj also called on the Emir of Qatar.