On Saturday, 14th of July, the Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj inaugurated a new complex of the Indian embassy in Bahrain.
Minister Swaraj is on a two-day visit to the Gulf nation to strengthen bilateral ties between India and Bahrain.
While speaking at the inaugural event of the complex in Bahrain’s event capital city Manama, Swaraj shared how India and Bahrain share a “glorious past and a dynamic present”.
“The new Embassy complex is the embodiment of historical civilisational connects between the two countries and the culmination of the aspirations of growing Indian expatriate community in the Kingdom of Bahrain,” Swaraj was quoted as saying in an official statement.
She said the new complex was a “testimony of close cooperation between India and Bahrain”. She further elaborated on the new developments taking place in the economic field between the two countries and how these developments will take their bilateral relationship to a greater height.
“This multipurpose hall where we all are sitting is designed to further strengthen the already existing strong cultural exchanges and people-to-people contacts between the two countries,” a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs said.
This is Sushma Swaraj’s third visit to Bahrain and this time she will be co-chairing the Second Joint Commission meeting with her Bahraini counterpart Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa. The first meeting was held in New Delhi in February, 2015.
Swaraj arrived on the 14th of July, and was given a warm welcome by Khalifa who received her at the Manama airport.
Issues of trade, investment and counter-terror cooperation are also likely to be discussed at the joint commission meeting. India is Bahrain’s fifth largest trading partner.
Terrorism and counter-terror cooperation are also key areas of strategic cooperation between the two countries and likely to be discussed.