Sun, 20 Nov 2022 12:47 PM IST
Jagdeep Dhankar the Vice President of India on Sunday, November 20 arrived in Qatar to represent India at the inauguration of the FIFA World Cup 2022. He will be on an official visit to Qatar on November 20-21 at the invitation of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar.
During the visit, besides attending the inaugural ceremony, the Vice President will also interact with members of the Indian community, said a press release by External Affairs Ministry.
Vice President's visit would be an opportunity to join a close and friendly country Qatar as it hosts a major sporting event and also to acknowledge the role played and support extended by Indians in this World Cup.
India and Qatar enjoy close and friendly relations with multifaceted partnerships extending to areas of trade, energy, security, defence, health, culture, and education, among others. In the last financial year, bilateral trade crossed USD 15 billion.
Qatar plays an important partner in India's energy security and India participates in Qatar's food security. Next year, both countries would be celebrating 50 years of the establishment of full diplomatic relations.
People-to-people ties form an important element of the bilateral relationships with over 840,000 Indians in Qatar. During his visit, besides attending the inaugural ceremony on 20 November, Vice President will also interact with the members of the Indian community.
Meanwhile, this football extravaganza will begin on November 20 and will go on till December 18. In the first match, the Ecuadorian team will clash with the host team, Qatar.