New Delhi: Bahrain on Wednesday assured India
that it would ensure the safety and security of the 3.5-lakh
strong Indian community in that country, which is witnessing
wide-spread anti-government protests.
Bahrain`s Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin
Mohamed Al-Khalifa met External Affairs Minister S M Krishna
here and held discussions on issues of mutual interest,
including recent developments in Bahrain and the region.
During the meeting, Shaikh Khalid conveyed the "firm
assurance" of the Bahraini leadership about ensuring the
safety and security of the Indian community and appreciated
their contribution to the progress and development of Bahrain,
an official statement from the Ministry of External Affairs
Krishna thanked his counterpart for this "reassurance"
with regard to the Indian community`s well-being in Bahrain
which is hit by anti-government protests.
He expressed the hope that the peaceful resolution of
all issues through dialogue would pave the way for the
continued economic development and prosperity of the people of
In his opening remarks, Shaikh Khalid said: "It is
always important for us to have such meeting... to discuss
issues of mutual concern and to discuss regional matters and
all threats that threaten us all."
"We are on the right track. We are together facing
common threats. Threats of terror, threats of unrest and
threats of destabilising the lives of our people."
Referring to the safety of Indians in Bahrain, he said
"when I visited the Indian community in Bahrain, I talked to
them, I listened to them, I reassured them. I told them that
they have served our country and its development, it was our
time to serve them by reassuring them that Bahrain is their
"When I was talking to them I did not feel I was
talking to expats. I felt I was talking to my countrymen,
people living with us and sharing their lives."
Shaikh Khalid, who arrived here yesterday evening
after a visit to Pakistan said he is here to re-assure India
that Bahrain is committed to this ongoing ever developing
In his opening remarks, Krishna said he was thankful
to the Government and the people of Bahrain for extending a
warm welcome to the sizable Indian community there who in turn
have contributed to Bahrain`s development.
"This contribution has been recognised by the Bahraini
leadership and we thank them for their continued support to
the Indian community," he said.