S Jaishankar to visit Bahrain, UAE and Seychelles from Nov 24-29
New Delhi/IBNS: External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar will be undertaking a visit to Bahrain, UAE and Seychelles from Nov 24 to 29.
During the visit, he will be meeting his counterparts and also the top leadership of these countries.
Jaishankar’s visit to Bahrain on Nov 24-25 will be his first visit to the country as Foreign Minister.
He will personally convey condolences on behalf of Government and people of India to the Bahraini leadership on the sad demise of Prime Minister of Bahrain HH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa on Nov 11.
He will also hold talks on bilateral issues as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.
Bahrain hosts more than 350,000 Indians and both countries have worked together to face the Covid-19 pandemic.
Flights are operational between both countries under an air bubble arrangement.
The Foreign Minister will visit UAE on Nov 25-26.
He is scheduled to meet Foreign Minister of UAE, HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Nov 26. Both leaders will take forward the excellent cooperation between India and UAE under the comprehensive strategic partnership and exchange views on various regional and international issues.
Jaishankar will also discuss ways for Indian workers to resume their jobs in UAE in the post-Covid scenario. More than 3 million Indians live and work in the UAE.
India and UAE have maintained close high-level contacts during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to the Prince of Abu Dhabi HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during the pandemic.
The EAM has also spoken to the UAE Foreign Minister several times in the past few months.
They also co-chaired the India-UAE Joint Commission Meeting in September 2020.
A meeting of the High-Level Task Force on Investments (HLTFI) was co-chaired by our Minister of Commerce and Industry & Railways and Chairman, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) in early November.
In the last leg of his tour, there Foreign Minister will travel to Seychelles on Nov 27-28.
He will call-on the newly elected President of Seychelles Wavel Ramkalawan to present greetings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discuss with him the priorities of the new Government and avenues for further strengthening India-Seychelles bilateral relations.
The EAM will also hold bilateral consultations with the newly appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism Sylvestre Radegonde.