Rajnath Singh heads to Bahrain; Will raise Pak issue

SansadTV Bureau
File Photo: Union Home Minister RajnathSingh in an internal security review meeting in the National Capital Photo-PTI

File Photo of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh (PTI)

Home Minister Rajnath Singh will raise the issue of Pakistan’s continuous support to cross border terrorism with the top leadership of Bahrain and seek their cooperation in tackling international terrorism during his three-day visit to the Gulf country.

Singh, who left for Manama earlier today, will discuss various bilateral issues with Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and Interior Minister Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa.

Pakistan’s continuous support to cross border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir is expected to be raised by the Home Minister in his meetings with the top leadership of Bahrain. Singh is also likely to tell them that India cannot take at face any of the assurances that Pakistan provides in regard to stopping terrorism.

In a statement before his departure, Singh said India and Bahrain are working together to further strengthen security and counter terrorism cooperation between the two countries.

The Home Minister said India and Bahrain enjoy excellent bilateral relations characterised by broad-based political, economic and cultural contacts.

There will be extensive discussions on how to enhance bilateral cooperation with regard to tackling international terrorism, organised crime and each other’s fugitives at the meeting between Singh and his Bahrain counterpart Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, sources said.

Bahrain is a key member of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) of which Pakistan is also a member.

During his visit, Singh will also address the Indian community in Bahrain.

On Friday, President of National Security Agency of Bahrain, Sheikh Talal bin Mohammed bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, had called on the Home Minister.

Singh then told him that his three-day visit to Bahrain will enhance bilateral ties with the Gulf nation and it grows from strength to strength.

The Home Minister had hoped for an expeditious and successful negotiation of the bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Defence Cooperation which is under active consideration of the Bahraini side.

Referring to the buildup of ISIS in the West Asia-Gulf region and the rise of religious extremism, the Home Minister said its negative impact on the Muslim population around the world is of serious concern for India too.