During the maiden visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the oil-rich country, the Bahrain government on Sunday pardoned 250 Indians serving sentences in the Gulf nation.

According to an official data, 8,189 Indians are lodged in various prisons in foreign countries, with Saudi Arabia having the highest number at 1,811 followed by the UAE at 1,392.

It was not clear how many Indians are lodged in jails in the Gulf kingdom. “In a kind and humanitarian gesture, the Government of Bahrain has pardoned 250 Indians serving sentences in Bahrain,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted.

India’s spokesperson of external affairs ministry, Raveesh Kumar also tweeted pictures of Prime Minister Modi leaving Bahrain for the G7 Summit in France. Prime Minister was seen off by Deputy PMs of Bahrain as it was the first time any Indian Prime Minister visited Bahrain.

The prime minister has specially thanked the King of Bahrain and the entire Royal Family for their kindness and the compassionate decision, it added.