India, Bahrain sign four agreements after delegation-level talks

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Bahrain today on a two-day state visit. He was given a red-carpet welcome with a guard of honour at the airport.

Later, Mr Modi held delegation-level talks at Al Gudaibiya Palace with Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa who is also the Prime Minister of Bahrain.

Four agreements were signed in the fields of Culture, Space, Solar alliance and an MOU on the roll-out of RuPay card. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Modi said he looked forward to more bilateral cooperation in various sectors.

Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa expressed his condolences at the passing away of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

AIR correspondent reports that Mr Modi will address the Indian Community at the Bahrain National Stadium.

This is the maiden visit of an Indian Prime Minister to Bahrain. More than 3 and a half million Indians live here.

Both countries have had economic and trade relations for several centuries. Bahrain's investment in India amounts to 173 billion dollars through FDI.

On the other hand, India has 23 branches of prominent Indian banks and 3181 joint ventures registered here. Bahrain launched Little India in Bahrain project in 2015 to acknowledge and mark the contribution of the Indian community to the history and progress of Bahrain. (AIR)

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