As per the recent news, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will pay a two-day visit to Bahrain which is from 12 to 13 of this month. During her visit, Sushma Swaraj will participate in the second High Joint Commission (HJC) meeting with her Bahraini counterpart Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.
HJC was established when King Hamad’s visited India in February 2014 and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between both the countries India and Bahrain. In February 2015, HJC initiated with its first meeting in India.
After reaching Bahrain, Ms. Swaraj is expected to call on His Majesty, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, said one of our news resources.
During this second High Joint Commission meeting, important discussions will be made in context with both the countries and will include issues related to trade, investment and counter-terror co-operation. Besides this, topics related to Bahrain’s Oil Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa’s visit to Delhi in April is expected to be discussed in the meeting, our news sources added.
Bahrain’s Oil Minister Shaikh Mohammed during his visit to India discussed long-term arrangements and relations with major petrochemical companies of India regarding extraction of oil in the recently discovered Khaleej Al Bahrain oil and gas field. The second High Joint Commission meeting which is going to happen during Ms. Swaraj visit was earlier planned to be held previous year but couldn’t happen due to various unknown reasons.
Our sources even explained that the first High Joint Commission meeting which was held in India focused on various discussions that were related to bilateral relations and included the ways to expand both relations and co-operation in the fields of education, trade, investment and commerce, security and defence between both the countries.
Regarding Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Bahrain, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “This visit will provide an opportunity to not only cement a strong relationship with Bahrain to identify new areas of cooperation between the two sides. There are 3,50,000 Indians living in Bahrain and 3,000 Indian-owned joint ventures.”
Besides this, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj paid a visit to Italy, France, Luxembourg and Belgium for about a week in June, says our news resources.