Rajnath Singh favours boosting ties with Bahrain
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that India is keen to strengthen trade and investment ties with Bahrain and avail of the strategic location of Bahrain as a “gateway” to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) GCC market.
While bilateral trade is healthy and has reached about US $ one billion, there is still a “huge potential” to further expand it, Singh said during his bilateral meeting with Interior Minister of Bahrain, Lt. General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, in capital Manama.
Singh, who is on a tour to Bahrain, also tweeted saying, “Bahrain may be a small country but it has a large heart. We wish to take India’s bilateral relations with Bahrain to the next level”. In another tweet, Rajnath Singh said, “Had a very good meeting with the Crown Prine of Bahrain, Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. We shared concern over terrorism & human trafficking”. According to an official release in Delhi, the Home Minister said that the presence of a large Indian community in Bahrain constitutes an important link between our two countries. “Indians are the largest expatriate community in Bahrain”, he said.
He thanked the Bahraini authorities for launching the ‘Little India in Bahrain’. This is a praiseworthy gesture towards India and Indian community and will promote Indian culture in Bahrain, the Home Minister said.
During the meeting, he said the ties between the two countries go back many centuries and are based on mutual trust and respect. Both enjoy warm, close and multi-faceted relations.
Expressing his concern over the terrorism, Rajnath said that the terrorism constitutes the greatest threat to humanity since World War II. There are no good or bad terrorists, he maintained and said that terrorism should be dealt in a comprehensive manner. “Segmented and partial approaches as adopted by some of the countries have been unsuccessful in countering terrorism,” he opined.
Rajnath Singh thanked Bahraini leadership for condemning the recent terrorist attack in Uri in September and the Pathankot airbase attack in January this year. He also expressed happiness over the fact that the bilateral Security Dialogue at the Deputy NSA level has now been institutionalized. The second round was held in New Delhi last week, he added.
On the first day of his visit on Sunday, Rajnath Singh interacted with the Indian community at Indian School Bahrain, Isa Town. He said that Bahrain had supported India on many occasions and India will reciprocate the same to Bahrain.