Qatar releases 8 ex-Indian Navy personnel; PM Modi 'personally supervised' case: FS

Updated: Feb 12 2024 5:35PM

Qatar releases 8 ex-Indian Navy personnel; PM Modi 'personally supervised' case: FS

New Delhi, Feb 12 (PTI) Qatar has released eight jailed former Indian Navy personnel and seven of them returned home on Monday morning, in what is being seen as a major diplomatic victory for India that came nearly three-and-half months after a Qatari court handed them death sentence that was subsequently commuted to jail terms.

Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself constantly supervised all the developments in the case and has never shied away from any initiatives to ensure the return of the Indians.

At a media briefing, the foreign secretary announced that Modi will travel to Qatari capital Doha on Wednesday after concluding his two-day trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), but indicated that the trip was long conceived.