Bahrain-Indo Relations
 

Archeological excavations have shown that Bahrain and India enjoyed cordial relations during the Delmon Civilization and Indus valley civilization 5000 years ago. The main medium of interaction at that period was trade and commerce. When Bahrain was under the British protection, Indian Rupee was used in Bahrain. The traders of the famous Bahraini pearls used to explore all over the world including India which was one of the biggest market for their wares and return Bahrain laden with various Indian spices.

I. DIPLOMATIC AND POLITICAL RELATIONS:
Bahrain and India have always maintained a very friendly and stable relationship. Diplomatic relations have been established between Kingdom of Bahrain and Republic of India at the ambassadorial level in 12 October 1971. Bahrain was attached to India by friendly political relations, as both countries are members of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). The bilateral relations between the two fraternal, independent and sovereign nation states improved on political ground due to similarity of foreign policy based on the principles of the United Nations.

The Political leadership in both countries has common vision on regional peace and stability. As India is spread on a vast area of South-east Asia with commercial and economical importance, and Bahrain by its geographical and strategic situation in the Gulf region occupies prominent place internationally. Bahrain and India have common views about several issues i.e regional stability and they cooperate in the international organizations.

II. OFFICIAL VISITS FROM BOTH SIDES:
Visits and meetings between officials of both countries prove that there is positive and permanent communications in various fields. The most important visits of high dignitaries and responsible persons from the two countries are as the following :

VISITS FROM BAHRAIN'S SIDE

Visit of late H.H. Shaikh Isa Bin Salman Al- Khalifa, the late Ameer of Bahrain in 1981.
Visit of late H.H. Shaikh Isa Bin Salman Al- Khalifa, Ameer of Bahrain in March 1983 to participate in non-aligned conference.
Visit of H.H. Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al- Khalifa, P.M of Bahrain from 11 to 14 January 2004.
Visit of H.H. Prince Salman Bin Hamd Al- Khalifa, Crown Prince and Commander in Chief of Bahrain Army from 19 to 23 march 2007.
VISITS FROM INDIA SIDE:

Visit of Honourable Mr. Giani Zail Singh, President of India, in 1983.
Visit of Indian Vice President Mr.Krisnakant in march 1999 to condole on the death of Late H.H Shaikh Isa Bin Salman Al- Khalifa, the late Ameer of Bahrain.

IMPORTANT VISITS OF HIGH DIGNITARIES FROM BAHRAIN

Visit of the crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain to India in May 2012.

The crown prince his royal highness Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Bahrain Defence Force, visited Mumbai on the 30th of May 2012, and met with top Business Brass of Mumbai and Key Politicians.

A lunch reception was hosted for the royal entourage at the ballroom, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. The power lunch was attended by H.E.Mr.Mohammed Abdulaziz Al Khaja and Business Delegations who accompanied his royal highness.

Hrh Ė the crown prince also visited New Delhi, on the 31st of May 2012, and held a private meeting with the Honourable Prime Minister of India Mr. Manmohan singh,where new economic and political ties were further strengthened between the two countries.


III. JOINT COMMITTEE OF BAHRAIN AND INDIA:
The First Meeting of Bahrain-Indo Joint Economic and Technical Committee (JETC) was held in New Delhi in 1986, and the Second in Bahrain in 1991. The Third Session was held in New Delhi on 11-12 November 1998. The Fourth Session of the Committee was held in Manama, 14 -15 November 2007.
The two sides identified a number of areas of cooperation including economic, commercial, educational and cultural field.

IV. BILATERAL AGREEMENTS:
India and Bahrain have always maintained friendly and cordial relations. The two countries understand and appreciate each otherís view points on regional and international issues. The two countries had signed the following agreements:

  • A Cultural Agreement between India and Bahrain was concluded in January 1975. This was followed by a two-year Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP) for the years 1981-82, signed in April 1981, during the first state visit of the Amir of Bahrain to India.
  • Protocol of Cooperation in the field of Information was signed on 27/03/1981 in New Delhi.
  • India and Bahrain signed an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement in April 1981 during the visit of the Amir to New Delhi.
  • Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP) between the Government of both countries for the year 1985-87 was signed on 8/12/1985.
  • Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP) between the Government of two countries for the years 1992-94 was signed on 23/11/1991.
  • An agreement signed between the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry which was signed on 12 April 1994 to set up a Bahraini-Indian Business Council.
  • Air Services Agreement: signed in New Delhi by the Bahraini Minister of Transportation and the Indian Civil Minister Shri Sharad Yadav on April 5, 2000.
  • During H.H. Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al- Khalifa, the Prime Ministerís State Visit to India in January 2004, the following bilateral agreements have been signed:
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cooperation between Ministries of Foreign Affairs;
  • Agreement on Juridical and Judicial Cooperation in Civil and Commercial Matters;
  • Extradition Treaty;
  • Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters;
  • Agreement on the Promotion and Protection of Bilateral Investment
  • An Agreement for Cooperation between Prasar Bharati and Bahrain Radio and TV Corporation have been signed on 20th March, 2007 during the visit of H.H. Shaikh Salman Bin Hamd Al- Khalifa, the Crown Prince to India.

V. TRADE BETWEEN KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN AND REPUBLIC OF INDIA:



GENERAL INDICATIONS

A. IMPORTANT EXPORTS OF BAHRAIN TO INDIA:
    Liquid Ammonia, Grains and powder of iron and steel, scraps of iron and steel, scraps of brass, plates, slices and     wires of aluminum Powder of Aluminum ore or unrefined sulpher, Skin of Sheep's with wools, Scraps of zinc and     Steel, Basket of Iron and Steel pipes.

B. IMPORTANT IMPORTS FROM INDIA:
    Vegetables, Mangoes, Bars and Pillars of Aluminum, Fragment, Frozen meet, Golden Jewelries, TV Sets, Tires of     cars, Frozen Fishes.

C. INDIAN COMMERCIAL AGENCIES WHICH ARE REGISTERED IN BAHRAIN:
   The number of Indian commercial agencies in Bahrain which are registered is 123.

D. BRANCHES OF REGISTERED COMPANIES IN BAHRAIN:
1. Aviation Company (India Airlines).
2. Services of internal maintenance of streamers: Planners Group International.
3. Maintenance and Repairing of navel: I & I Engineers.
4. Preparation and Supply of advanced computer programmes (Technology Labs, PVT LTD).
5. Offices of representing companies Tampis Communication Lts.
6. Consultancy in system of employment and network of communication by computer PS Lab.


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