This came after Modi visited Bahrain as part of his three-nation five-day visit.

Bahrain pardons 250 Indian nationals serving sentences in the Gulf nation Image Source: Twitter
news Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 15:26

The Bahrain government has pardoned 250 Indian citizens who are currently serving sentences in the Gulf nation. According to reports, 8,189 Indian nationals are currently serving sentences in foreign nations.

Saudi Arabia has the highest number of Indian prisoners at 1,1811, followed by the UAE at 1,392. It is unclear how many Indian nationals are imprisoned in jails in Bahrain.

The announcement came from the Prime Minister’s Office on Sunday. “In a kind and humanitarian gesture, the Government of Bahrain has pardoned 250 Indians serving sentences in Bahrain. PM @narendramodi thanks the Bahrain Government for the Royal Pardon.” PMO India tweeted. 

In a kind and humanitarian gesture, the Government of Bahrain has pardoned 250 Indians serving sentences in Bahrain.

PM @narendramodi thanks the Bahrain Government for the Royal Pardon.

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 25, 2019

The Prime Minister's office also said that PM Modi specially thanked the King of Bahrain and the entire Royal Family "for their kindness and compassionate decision".

Modi was in Bahrain as part of his three-nation five-day visit scheduled between August 22 and 26. He reached Bahrain on Saturday. Modi had termed it a historic visit, as it was the first prime ministerial visit from India to Bahrain.

The Prime Minister was received by Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa. Expressing commitment to strengthen bilateral relations between the two nations, 3 MoUs were signed between India and Bahrain on Saturday, in the fields of space technology, solar energy and cultural exchange. One of the MoUs was a statement of intent on collaboration between Indian Space Research Organisation and Bahrain’s National Space Science Agency, while another was a statement of intent on the collaboration of the Kingdom of Bahrain with International Solar Alliance (ISA).

Addressing the Indian community in Bahrain, the Prime Minister also said an MoU for using the RuPay card in Bahrain has been signed. "I am glad that you will be able to transact in Bahrain soon with RuPay card … Our intention is to provide you with a facility to send money home in India through the RuPay Card," Modi said.

IANS inputs 

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