Israeli Prime Minister to visit India to mark 30 years of official relations | Latest India News
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will visit India next month to mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations and advance the strategic alliance between the two countries.
It will be Bennett’s first official visit to India since becoming prime minister in mid-2021, although he and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi met on the sidelines of the UN climate change conference or COP26. in Glasgow last November.
Bennett, who will arrive in India on April 2 at Modi’s invitation, said in an official statement that he and Modi “will continue to pave the way for our countries’ relationship.” He added, “Modi has revived India-Israel relations, and that is of historic significance.”
India recognized Israel in 1950, but full diplomatic relations were not established until 1992. The two sides elevated their relationship to a strategic partnership in 2017, when Modi made the first visit of a Indian Prime Minister in Israel.
Bennett’s visit to India is expected to last four days, people familiar with the matter said on Sunday. Israel is a major supplier of advanced military equipment to India and the strategic ties between the two sides have now extended to trilateral cooperation with West Asian states, such as the United Arab Emirates, which have signed the agreements of Abraham.
Modi had invited Bennett to India when they first met on the sidelines of COP26. “This visit will reaffirm the important bond between the countries and the leaders, and mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of relations between Israel and India,” the statement from the Israeli prime minister‘s office said.
The purpose of Bennett’s visit is to strengthen the bilateral strategic alliance and expand relations. The two leaders will discuss ways to strengthen cooperation in areas such as innovation, economy, research and development and agriculture.
Besides Modi, Bennett will meet other senior government officials and visit the Jewish community in India.
“The relationship between our two unique cultures – Indian culture and Jewish culture – runs deep and is based on deep appreciation and meaningful collaborations. There’s a lot we can learn from Indians, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” Bennett said.
“Together we will expand our cooperation to other areas, from innovation and technology, security and cyber, to agriculture and climate change,” he added.