India, Bahrain to hold meeting of High Joint Commission

India and Bahrain are scheduled to hold a meeting of their High Joint Commission (HJC) on April 7 (Wednesday), India's foreign ministry announced here following a virtual meeting of senior officials of the two sides, by DIRAMAKINI Reporter (New Delhi).

The HJC will be co-chaired in New Delhi by Indian Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al-Zayani.

The HJC, the successor to the India-Bahrain Joint Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation, was established during the visit of Bahrain's King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa to India in February 2014. It has met every three years since — in 2015 and 2018. This month’s meeting will be the commission’s third joint session.

The senior officials’ meeting was co-chaired by Sanjay Bhattacharyya, secretary in charge of the Gulf and Arab countries at India's foreign ministry, and Sheikh Abdulla Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, undersecretary at Bahrain's foreign ministry.

The HJC will review bilateral cooperation in oil and gas, trade and investment, food security, healthcare, renewable energy, space, information technology, human resource, education, and culture.

The Indian foreign minister visited Bahrain in November last year. He met Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, who is also the country's prime minister as well as his Bahrain couterpart Abdullatif AlZayani during the visit.

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