The recent official visit to India led by King Hamad has shown that after 40 years of bilateral relations, cooperation between Bahrain and India is stronger than ever.

It was the first official Bahraini visit at the head-of-state level since the King’s father, the late Sheikh Isa bin Salman, had visited India in 1983.     

With a presence of approximately 350,000 Indian expatriates, India is by far the largest supplier of foreign labor to Bahrain.  

In line with his efforts to strengthen ties with the Southeast economies, the King met with Indian President Paranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other senior Indian officials to discuss economic and security matters between the two countries.

In an effort to boost non-oil trade between Bahrain and India, six Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) were signed during the visit. The MOUs aim to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the field of science and technology, information and broadcasting, education, culture and sports.  

Both parties also agreed to strengthen defense and security cooperation, agreeing to host an annual security dialogue at the level of Deputy National Security Advisors.

CfB extends its best wishes to the people of India, and we look forward to further cooperation and stronger ties.   

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