New Delhi. India on Thursday said the matter of detention of eight former Indian Navy personnel in Qatar has been consistently taken up with the authorities there and efforts are on to provide greater consular access to the detained Indians. Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said at the weekly press briefing, “We are following the matter “very closely”. Our Embassy in Doha is in regular contact with the local authorities.
When asked about the reasons for the detention of these Indian nationals, the spokesman said that the Qatari administration should be asked about the reasons for their detention or arrest. He said that the ministry is regularly taking up this issue with the Qatari administration and some of his family members were allowed to visit him.
Bagchi said that the ministry is seeking to provide more consular access and will share more information on this. Responding to a question on whether the issue was raised by Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar during his recent visit to Qatar, the spokesperson said he never said that the Vice President raised it. He said that as far as Vice President Dhankhar’s visit is concerned, he had gone to participate in the FIFA World Cup football tournament ceremony at the invitation of Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
The spokesperson said that the Vice President met the people of the Indian community during this period. The program of his visit was short and during this he had a brief meeting with the Emir. It is known that the people detained in Qatar were working for Dahra Global Technology and Consultancy. This is a private company.
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 24, 2022, 21:30 IST