External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Bahraini counterpart Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani co-chaired the third India-Bahrain High Joint Commission (HJC) on Wednesday, wherein Manama expressed interest in setting up pharmaceutical and vaccine production units in Bahrain in collaboration with New Delhi.
According to a statement, the Indian side welcomed Bahrain’s keen interest and agreed to facilitate dialogue between relevant stakeholders. The Indian side proposed that products related to the traditional Indian health systems be given official recognition in the Bahraini market. The Indian side also thanked the leadership and Bahraini government for ensuring the safety, security and welfare of the Indian community during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also expressed appreciation to the Bahraini side for its facilitation of repatriation flights under Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) and for providing free Covid vaccination to all, including the Indian community in Bahrain. the Bahraini side appreciated India for keeping open the supply chains to Bahrain of essential items, including food and medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic and for gifting 100,000 doses of India-made coronavirus vaccines.