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Jaishankar to visit Bahrain, UAE, Seychelles from Nov 24

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be visiting Bahrain, UAE, and Seychelles from November 24 to 29 to enhance ties with these countries.

During the visit, he will be meeting his counterparts and also the top leadership of these countries.

In his first leg of the tour, he will visit Bahrain from November 24-25.

The minister will personally convey condolences on behalf of India’s government and people to the Bahraini leadership on the sad demise of Prime Minister of Bahrain Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa on November 11, the ministry of external affairs said in a statement.

He will also hold talks on bilateral issues and regional and international issues of mutual interest, it said.

Bahrain hosts more than 350,000 Indians, and both countries have worked together to face the Covid-19 pandemic.

He will visit UAE on November 25-26.

He is scheduled to meet the Foreign Minister of UAE, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on November 26.

Both leaders will take forward the excellent cooperation between India and UAE under our comprehensive strategic partnership and exchange views on various regional and international issues, the ministry said.

Dr. Jaishankar will also discuss ways for Indian workers to resume their UAE jobs in the post-Covid scenario.

More than 3 million Indians live and work in the UAE.

India and UAE have maintained close high-level contacts during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during the pandemic.

In his tour’s last leg, he will travel to Seychelles on 27-28 November 2020.

The minister will call-on the newly elected President of Seychelles Wavel Ramkalawan to present greetings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discuss with him the priorities of the new Government and avenues for further strengthening India-Seychelles bilateral relations.

He will also hold bilateral consultations with the newly appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism Sylvestre Radegonde.

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