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Qatari sign defence agreement with India 15, March 2009

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Qatar.
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In November 2008 the Indian Prime Minister visited Doha and signed a defence and security pact with the small Gulf state.  This will be a mutual security pact. Doha will get physical security guarantees from India and their massively growing navy and Delhi will get significant energy guarantees in terms of Qatari gas exports.


So far Qatar is the only country in the Gulf with which India have a defence agreement of this type. An official of the Indian government went so far as to say that India would “go to the rescue of Qatar if Qatar requires it, whatever form it takes.”


Qatar would have been seen as a good choice by the Indians for such a wide-ranging and important agreement for two primary reasons. First, Qatar have huge gas reserves which India will want to secure and tie up with long term contracts. Second, there are a large number of Indians in Qatar. In fact, they outnumber the Qataris almost two to one.