At the invitation of the Hon'ble President of India Pranab Mukherjee, His Majesty the King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa is paying a state visit to the Republic of India from 18-20 February 2014, Indian Ministry of External Affairs has said.
During his first visit to India, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa will meet Hon’ble President and Hon’ble Vice President of India and will hold delegation-level discussions with Hon’ble Prime Minister, Dr. 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 US$ 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 our excellent bilateral engagement. The visit is expected to provide fresh impetus to our bilateral ties.
India has vital stakes in the Gulf and the Middle East region which hosts around 7 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% of our global trade.