MANAMA: India and Bahrain signed an agreement on the transfer of sentenced persons as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held talks with her Bahraini counterpart and discussed an entire gamut of bilateral ties.
Swaraj, who is here for a two-day visit to attend the first ministerial meeting of the India-Arab League Cooperation Forum to be held tomorrow, held a wide-ranging discussions with Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.
In a special gesture, Khalid received Swaraj at the Bahrain International Airport upon her arrival here.
During her meeting with Khalid, Swaraj also recalled her call on with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa who also in a rare gesture received her at an international air show here as both of them watched India’s indigenously developed Druv helicopters and Tejas Light Combat Aircraft perform aerobatics in the skies.
Swaraj and Khalid met for about 25 minutes after which the two leaders signed the agreement on the transfer of sentenced persons.
According to the pact, once an expatriate has been sentenced in the other country, the sentence can be served in the country of origin.
Later on Swaraj accompanied by Khalid visited the Little India area. A massive crowed gathered at the Little India. Swaraj in a procession walked towards the Shrinath temple along with Khalid amid loud cheers and Punjabi drum beats.
Both Swaraj and Khalid spent a few minutes at the temple along with the entire Indian delegation.