External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar arrived in Bahrain on Tuesday as part of his three-nation tour

EAM Jaishankar on Wednesday called on Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s congratulations on his recent appointment as the Prime Minister of Bahrain.

Earlier the EAM had a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa and extended his condolences on the demise of former Bahrain Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

Tweeting about it, EAM Jaishankar wrote: “Called on DPM HH Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa. Conveyed to him and his family our sincere condolences on the passing away of his father HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.”

On November 11, Prince Salman Al Khalifa died at the age of 84, as per the state media. He was one of the longest-serving prime ministers in the world.

Earlier in the day, EAM Jaishankar had a virtual interaction with the members of the Indian diaspora in the Gulf country via video conference and thanked them for “keeping India’s flag flying high.”

“Glad to interact virtually, with members of the Indian community in Bahrain. Thank them for keeping India’s flag flying high. Appreciate their valuable contribution to the strengthening of our bilateral ties,” Jaishankar tweeted.

The EAM had also visited the centuries-old Lord Sri Krishna temple at Manama, the Bahrain capital.

“Began the day with darshan at the 200 year-old Shreenathji Temple at Manama. A testimony to our time- tested and close bonds with Bahrain. A testimony to our time- tested and close bonds with Bahrain,” Jaishankar tweeted.

Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the USD 4.2 million redevelopment project of the temple.

On Tuesday, EAM Jaishankar held a meeting with his Bahraini counterpart Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani and both sides discussed bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.

During the meeting, the EAM also thanked Bahrain for taking special care of the Indian diaspora in the Gulf country during the Covid-19 pandemic.