Union Home Minister’s Visit to Bahrain

Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh paid an official visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain from October 23-25, 2016.

He met King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister and Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister.

The two sides agreed that the exchange of high level visits has contributed to the implementation of important agreements between the two countries.

They agreed on their strong stances against all forms of terrorism, saying terrorism is a hazard to all countries and communities.

They rejected the linking of terrorism to any race, religion or culture. They agreed that a terrorist in one country cannot be glorified as freedom fighters by another, and the two sides called upon all states to reject the use of terrorism against other countries, to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of the state, and to fight terrorist infrastructure whenever it exists.

The two sides also agreed to actively implement the counter terrorism agreement for which a joint committee was formed that held its first meeting in the sideline of the visit. They decided to hold regular committee meetings, in accordance to the clauses of the agreement.

The two sides agreed to reinforce cooperation in (a) exchange of information on ongoing terrorism-related investigations, (b) exchange of information of ongoing organised crime investigations, including terrorism and drug trafficking, (c) determine and exchange information on terrorism financing and organized crime sources and confiscation of terrorism money in accordance to the laws of both countries, (d) study youth extremism and the use of the internet and how to tackle the issue, (e) further cooperation in e-security and (f) fight money laundering.

They also agreed to promote participation in training courses and seminars that are held by the two countries for security officials to exchange expertise on crime fighting and other unconventional threats.

They welcomed cooperation in anti-human trafficking and the fight against emerging security threats of the two countries. The two sides agreed to continue high level communication to reinforce security cooperation.