India received a diplomatic victory as Qatar released eight Indian Navy veterans who had been detained since August 2022 and faced death sentences since October. Seven of the individuals have already returned home, marking a significant development in the strained India-Qatar relations. The Ministry of External Affairs expressed gratitude towards Qatar’s Amir for facilitating the release and homecoming of the nationals, emphasizing the importance of this gesture.
The case, which had been a diplomatic challenge, saw India appealing against the death sentences, leading to commuted sentences for the detainees. Qatar’s decision to release the veterans, coming ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UAE, holds significant diplomatic significance, potentially easing tensions and fostering stronger bilateral ties.