Bahrain keen to fight terrorism with active help from India
Bahrain Interior Minister Lt. Gen. Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa said Bahrain looks forward to working together with India in the fight against terrorism and to strengthen regional security.
“We look forward to working together in the fight against terrorism and in strengthening our mutual and regional security,” the Minister said in Bahrain capital Manama adding the Joint Steering Committee between India and Bahrain should look at how “we can work together to address challenges and to follow up the progress of the agreed decision” through exchange of visits and expertise.
He made the observation during a meeting with Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is on a three-visit to Bahrain, according to a statement issued in New Delhi by the Union Home Ministry.
The two sides held a productive session, in which the Bahrain Interior Minister welcomed the Union Home Minister and his delegation, an official source said here. He also discussed Bahrain’s special relationship with India due to the large Indian community in the Kingdom.
Lt. General Shaikh Rashid also invited Rajnath Singh to visit temples and community centres that reflect the diversity of Bahraini society. Lt. General Shaikh Rashid said Bahrainis and Indians have lived together for generations and encouraged additional development in the ties between the two governments.
Lt. General Shaikh Rashid hailed the first meeting of the Bahraini-Indian Joint Steering Committee as part of the agreement signed between the two sides on counter-terrorism to reinforce security cooperation, especially regional terrorism issues.
The Union Home Minister expressed thanks and appreciation to the Bahrain Interior Minister, hailing the historical ties between the two friendly countries that are based on love and peace.
The two sides agreed that the historical visit of the King of Bahrain to India in February 2014 built a basic foundation toward a strong partnership between the two countries, as well as the creation of opportunities to develop bilateral relations in various sectors, the official source said.
They agreed on their strong stances against all forms of terrorism, saying terrorism is a hazard to all countries and communities. They rejected the linking of terrorism to any race, religion or culture.
The two sides also agreed to actively implement the counter-terrorism agreement for which a joint committee was formed that held its first meeting on the sidelines of the visit. They decided to hold regular committee meetings, in accordance with the clauses of the agreement.
They also agreed to promote participation in training courses and seminars that are held by the two countries for security officials to exchange expertise on crime fighting and other unconventional threats. They welcomed cooperation in anti-human trafficking and the fight against emerging security threats of the two countries. The two sides agreed to continue high-level communication to reinforce security cooperation, the release said.