This is his first official bilateral visit to Bahrain.

Khurshid will also take this opportunity to address a special session of the annual regional security summit- Manama Dialogue- organised jointly by the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the government of Bahrain.

India has vital stakes in the security and stability of the entire Gulf and the Middle East region which hosts around seven million Indians. The region is the source of roughly two-third of India’s crude oil requirements and is the largest trading region for us accounting for over 26 percent of our global trade.

During the visit, Khurshid will lay the foundation stone of the new Indian Chancery premises to be built in Bahrain. He will also chair a Conference of Indian Heads of Mission in the region.

India and Bahrain enjoy cordial and friendly relations marked by close people to people contacts. Bahrain is an important trading partner for India with our non-oil bilateral trade in 2012-13 exceeding USD 1.3 billion.

Over 350,000 Indian nationals work and contribute to the development of Bahrain. Their positive and well-appreciated contribution in the development of Bahrain has been an important anchor of our excellent bilateral engagement.