India keen on joint development of oil, gas blocks in Qatar

India keen on joint development of oil, gas blocks in Qatar

India evinced interest in joint exploration of new oil and gas fields as well development of discovered

assets in the energy-rich Qatar.

India also invited the Gulf nation to invest in the country’s exploration and production sector by bidding

for the blocks under the new ‘Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing’ Policy and take part in

disinvestment of Indian PSUs.

Besides, an MoU was signed with Qatar Investment Authority for facilitating Qatari investment in the Rs

40,000-crore National Investment and Infrastructure Fund.

India “highlighted the interest of its energy companies to pursue opportunities of mutual interest in

Qatar, with Qatar Petroleum and other companies, in order to jointly explore new fields as well

development of discovered oil and gas assets and exploit the existing resources of natural gas and crude

oil in Qatar”, a joint statement said after official talks of the two countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held wide-ranging talks with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin

Hamad Al-Thani and Qatari leaders here.

Qatar is the largest supplier of LNG and LPG to India.

India invited Qatar to participate in the second phase of the strategic reserves storage facility being

created in India, the statement said.

Besides the leaders deliberated upon the need for strengthening bilateral cooperation in the financial

services sector, including banking, insurance and capital markets.

“They decided to expand cooperation between the financial institutions of the two countries like

Securities and Exchange Board of India and the respective central banks,” the statement said.

The two sides also discussed various avenues for Qatari investments in India, particularly in different

asset classes and various infrastructure sectors as well as disinvestment of Indian PSUs.

The leaders agreed to increase the level of participation in infrastructure projects in both countries.

An MoU was also signed between Qatar Investment Authority and External Affairs Ministry for

investment in National Investment and Infrastructure Fund between the two countries that would

facilitate foreign investment from the gas-rich Gulf state, the statement said.

The two countries agreed on regular and timely exchange of information on available investment

opportunities, the statement said. on-joint- development-of- oil-gas- blocks-in- qatar/

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