Qatar has issued death sentences for eight former Indian naval officers on charges of espionage for Israel. The Indian government has expressed profound dismay at the verdict and is actively exploring all available legal avenues. Qatar has not publicly commented on the convictions. These sentences coincide with Qatar’s involvement in negotiations between Israel and Hamas aimed at securing the release of civilian hostages held by the Palestinian militant group. To date, four hostages have been released, and ongoing negotiations are in progress. This situation has the potential to strain diplomatic relations between India and Qatar, which have substantial trade connections. It’s important to note that Qatar is one of the world’s leading exporters of liquefied natural gas, and India is a significant trade partner for Qatar.