During his first visit to India, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa will meet President Mukherjee and Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari. He will also hold delegation-level discussions with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on bilateral, regional and global issues.

India and Bahrain have close and friendly relations, characterised by shared interests, mutual trust and unique 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 pillar of the excellent bilateral engagement. The visit is expected to provide fresh impetus to the bilateral ties.

India has vital stakes in the 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.

(JPN)

(Agencies)

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