Bahrain–India relations

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Bahrain-India relations


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Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi; 23 February 2015


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Indian Navy Vice Adm Ajith Kumar P awarding the runner's up of the Admiral's Cup 2014 to Team Bahrain; 13 December 2014.

Bahrain–India relations are the political, socio-economic, military and cultural ties between India and Bahrain. India is a close ally of Bahrain. As per Indian officials, the Kingdom along with its GCC partners are amongst the world's most prominent supporters of India’s candidacy for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council,[1] and Bahraini officials have urged India to play a greater role in international affairs. For instance, over concerns about Iran’s nuclear programme, Bahrain’s Crown Prince requested India to play an active role in resolving the crisis.[2]

Relations between India and Bahrain go back generations, with many of Bahrain’s most prominent figures having close ties: poet and constitutionalist Ebrahim Al-Arrayedh grew up in Bombay, while 17th century Bahraini theologians Sheikh Salih Al-Karzakani and Sheikh Ja`far bin Kamal al-Din were influential figures in the Kingdom of Golkonda[3] and the development of Shia thought in the sub-continent.

Bahraini politicians have sought to enhance these long standing ties, with Parliamentary Speaker Khalifa Al-Dhahrani in 2007 leading a delegation of parliamentarians and business leaders to meet Indian President Pratibha Patil, opposition leader L K Advani, and take part in training and media interviews.[4] Politically, it is easier for Bahrain’s politicians to seek training and advice from India than it is from the United States or other western alternative.

In December 2007, the Bahrain India Society was launched in Manama to promote ties between the two countries. Headed by the former Minister of Labour Abdulnabi Al-Shoala, the Society seeks to take advantage of the development in civil society to actively work to strengthen ties between the two countries, not only business links, but according to the body’s opening statement in politics, social affairs, science and culture. India’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs E Ahmed and his Bahraini counterpart Dr Nazar Al-Baharna attended the launch.[5]

According to a United States diplomatic cable dated 4 November 2009, revealed by WikiLeaks during the United States diplomatic cables leak, King Hamad holds a positive view of India and urged the US to use India's help in Afghanistan.[6]

Bahrain's ruler Sheikh Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa visited India in February 2014 during which the two countries signed a number of MOUs during which US$ 450 million of bilateral trade and investment were signed. [7][8] The Prime minister, the President and various ministers from India met and discussed trade and the 3,50,000+ Indians staying and living on the island. India expressed its support for Bahrain's bid for a non-permanent seat in the Security council in 2026-27. [9]

See also


  1. 'India against Security Council membership without veto', Web India, 29 December 2004
  2. [1] The Times
  3. Juan Cole, Sacred Space and Holy War, IB Tauris, 2007 p45
  4. [2] Gulf Daily News
  5. [3] Gulf Daily News
  6. Copy of diplomatic cable dated 4 November 2009 (29 November 2010). "Wikileaks Cablegate: Bahrain's King Hamad on India's Role in Afghanistan". IBN Live. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
  7. 'MOUs signed and boosted trade',web India, February 2014 [4]
  8. [5]
  9. [6]