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Israel PM Naftali Bennett to visit India on ‘friend’ Narendra Modi’s invitation

Israel PM Naftali Bennett to visit India on ‘friend’ Narendra Modi’s invitation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, in Glasgow. (PTI File Photo)

New Delhi:
Israel announced Sunday that PM Naftali Bennett will pay his first official visit to India on April 2 at the invitation of his counterpart Narendra Modi. 

The three-day visit will mark the establishment of 30 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. 

The visit will also take place against the backdrop of the Ukraine crisis in which Bennett reportedly is playing a peacemaker and which has also seen Modi having regular contacts with both President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy. 

“The purpose of the visit is to advance and strengthen the strategic alliance between the countries, and to expand bilateral ties. In addition, the leaders will discuss the strengthening of cooperation in a variety of areas, including innovation, economy, research and development, agriculture and more,” said the Israel PM’s foreign media adviser in a statement. 

Bennett had earlier described the “deep relationship” between India and Israel as one coming from the heart and not being about interests. India and Israel elevated their bilateral relations to a strategic partnership during the historic visit of PM Modi, the first ever by an Indian PM, to Israel in July 2017. 

“Modi restarted relations between India and Israel, and this is of historic importance. The relations between our two unique cultures — the Indian culture and the Jewish culture — are deep, and they rely on meaningful collaborations,” said Bennett. 

“I am delighted to pay my first official visit to India at the invitation of my friend, Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi, and together we will continue leading the way for our countries' relations,” Bennett added.

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