Navy veterans return from Qatar: In a significant diplomatic triumph for India, eight former Indian Navy servicemen, who were once facing the grim prospect of a death penalty in Qatar on charges of espionage, have been liberated from incarceration. Seven of them reunited with their families in India on Monday morning. This outcome culminates in intense negotiations led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, signifying the end of a distressing chapter for these veterans and their loved ones.
Upon their arrival in Delhi, the veterans wasted no time in expressing profound gratitude for Prime Minister Modi’s personal involvement. “I extend my heartfelt thanks to Prime Minister Modi; his direct intervention made our release possible,” one veteran conveyed to ANI, echoing the sentiments of his peers.
Their homecoming was accompanied by chants of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai,’ resonating with their relief and elation. “We endured an agonizing 18-month wait to return home. Our gratitude to PM Modi for bringing us back knows no bounds,” another veteran emphasized, highlighting the unwavering hope that sustained them and their families during this ordeal.
Navy veterans return from Qatar:
The conversion of their death sentences into prolonged prison terms and eventual liberation was a product of persistent diplomatic initiatives and legal support from New Delhi. The veterans commended both PM Modi and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for their instrumental roles in securing their freedom.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) played a pivotal role, assuring the anxious families of the veterans that every diplomatic avenue and legal resource would be mobilized to secure their release. Out of the eight detained individuals, seven have now safely returned to Indian territory.
“The Government of India warmly welcomes the release of eight Indian nationals… We express gratitude for the Amir of the State of Qatar for facilitating the release and repatriation of these nationals,” the MEA stated, acknowledging the successful outcome of rigorous diplomatic engagement and the Navy veterans return from Qatar.
The veterans had been detained since October 2022 on charges of espionage related to a submarine program, which initially resulted in their death sentences by a Qatari court.
The MEA reaffirmed its commitment to provide all necessary consular and legal support, demonstrating India’s dedication to its citizens abroad. The meeting between PM Modi and Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani at the COP28 summit underscored the significance of bilateral relations and the welfare of the Indian community in Qatar.
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