New Delhi, Nov 8: Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is leaving for a three-day visit to Oman and Qatar on Saturday, Nov 8 afternoon.
The Prime Minister will be accompanied by a high level delegation. On the first leg of his visit Dr. Singh will hold talks with the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos Bin Al-Sayed, and other leaders on various issues. This is the first visit of an Indian Prime Minister to Qatar. Energy security and welfare of Indian citizens in the Gulf region will be high on the agenda of talks between Dr. Singh and leaders of Oman and Qatar. During the visit, expansion of economic partnership, cooperation in the transport sector and joint ventures will figure prominently in the discussions.
Some memorandums of understanding (MoU) are also expected to be signed relating to cultural exchanges between the two countries besides standardizing the commerce guidelines.
In the second leg of his visit, Dr. Singh will meet the Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, and other representatives on Sunday and the day after. They will discuss strengthening the mutually beneficial cooperative frame work to realize the special vision for the bilateral relationship.
On the eve of his departure to Muscat, Dr. Singh suggested that India can leverage vast surplus funds in the Gulf region for its development needs in the back drop of current global financial crisis.
Dr. Singh in a statement said he will be discussing issues related to the safety and welfare of Indian citizens working in Oman and Qatar with the leadership there.
He also said that he will have detailed discussions on the bilateral relations with the leadership of Oman.
While talking of his visit to Qatar, Dr. Singh said New Delhi attaches great importance to its ties with it and Doha is one of the largest and most reliable suppliers of India's energy needs from the region.