India, Bahrain to develop cooperation in defence, oil and gas

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New Delhi (NVI): India and Bahrain today agreed to boost their cooperation in defence and security along with oil and gas, trade and investment.

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and his Bahrain counterpart Abdullatif bin Rashid AlZayani, who held detailed talks here, also stated that the two countries looked forward to celebrating golden jubilee of establishment of their diplomatic relations this year.

During the 3rd India-Bahrain High Joint Commission (HJC), they recalled the landmark visits of HM King of Bahrain to India in 2014 and of Prime Minister of India to Bahrain in 2019.

Both sides continued their coordination and cooperation during the Covid pandemic.

“Both sides agreed to further develop their cooperation in the areas of oil and gas, trade and investment, health, food security, defence, security, renewable energy, education, culture and digital technologies,” Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

External Affairs Minister reiterated the invitation to HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Bahrain for visiting India at an early date.

He congratulated Bahrain on taking over as the Chair of GCC and looked forward to working with Bahrain to strengthen India-GCC partnership.

Both Ministers also discussed regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest. India looks forward to early deposition of Instrument of Ratification of ISA Framework Agreement by Bahrain.

Bahrain Foreign Minister arrived in New Delhi on April 6 evening and is scheduled to depart on April 8 morning.