In a significant diplomatic success, the Narendra Modi government, through the combined efforts of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, successfully resolved the prolonged crisis involving Indian Navy veterans detained in Qatar. The urgency in the government’s actions escalated after a Qatari court announced the death sentence for the veterans a few months ago.
While the Ministry of External Affairs, under the guidance of S Jaishankar, engaged in official diplomatic efforts, backchannel talks were initiated by Ajit Doval, the National Security Advisor. Doval made multiple visits to Doha, engaging in crucial discussions with the leadership of Dahra Global, the firm employing the Indian naval veterans.
A significant breakthrough occurred last month when Qatari officials commuted the death sentence, marking a turning point in the crisis. However, the Indian government continued its relentless efforts to secure the release of the Indian Navy veterans.
The Prime Minister himself played a direct role in the resolution, having visited Dubai in November last year and engaging in a direct conversation with Qatari leadership on the matter. The multifaceted diplomatic efforts, including backchannel talks, official discussions, and direct interventions, contributed to the successful release of the eight former Indian Navy personnel from Qatar.
The Ministry of External Affairs, in a statement released early on Monday, welcomed the development and confirmed that seven of the eight former Indian Navy personnel employed by Dahra Global had returned to India from Qatar.