KATHMANDU, July 1: Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara has inquired about the safety of Nepali migrant workers in Qatar.
During his meeting with Qatari ambassador to Nepal Ahmad Jasim Mohammed Ali Al Hamar at his office in Singha Durbar on Friday, Minister Mahara inquired about the situation of Nepali workers in Qatar, especially in the aftermath of Saudi Arabia-led group of countries imposing economic blockade against Qatar over its alleged support to terrorist organizations.
According to a press statement issued by Mahara's Press Coordinator Hari Lamichhane, Minister Mahara had told the ambassador that he has been constantly taking updates on the condition of Nepali workers in Qatar who number over 400,000. Minister Mahara also asked the envoy to give special consideration to the safety of Nepali workers there.
During the meeting, Minister Mahara also said Nepal wants to see the ongoing diplomatic tension between Qatar and Saudi-led Gulf countries resolved peacefully through negotiations.
In response, Qatari envoy had said that his government would give due attention to the safety of Nepali workers working both within Qatar and those working in Qatari companies outside the country.
While stating that the ongoing diplomatic tension seen in the region won't affect the safety of Nepali workers, the envoy expressed confidence that that the bilateral relations susbsisting between the two countries would be strengthened further in the days ahead.
Meanwhile, the Qatari envoy also held meeting with Home Minister Janardan Sharma on Friday. The meeting dwelled on issues related to mutual cooperation between the two countries, according to a press note issued by Minister Sharma's personal secretariat.
The envoy had congratulated Minister Sharma for successfully conducting the second phase of local elections. He had also informed that Qatar had completed almost all necessary preparations to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.