PM Modi on 30 years of Indo-Israeli relations
New Delhi | Jagran Press Office: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addressed the nation to mark the 30th anniversary of India-Israel diplomatic relations. In the events following the fall of the Soviet Union, India moved away from its policy of non-alignment and established formal relations with Israel in January 1992 by opening an embassy in Tel Aviv. “The history of relations between our countries is very old. There has been a strong relationship between the peoples of India and Israel for centuries,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
Prime Minister Modi said that although the chapter of diplomatic relations between the two nations is new, the mutual history of the two nations is centuries old. “As is the inherent nature of India, the Jewish community has not only flourished indiscriminately in Indian society, but has also become indispensable to India’s development journey,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
“Today, as the world is undergoing significant changes, the importance of Indo-Israeli relations has further increased. I am fully confident that the India-Israel friendship will achieve new milestones in mutual cooperation in the coming decades,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi added.
India had recognized the modern state of Israel in 1950 without establishing full diplomatic relations. However, an Israeli consulate had existed in Mumbai since 1953 to issue visas to Indian Jewish and Christian pilgrims. The consulate was briefly closed in 1982 when India expelled Consul General Yosef Haseen after he gave a controversial newspaper interview criticizing India’s pro-Palestinian policies.
For two and a half decades from 1992, Indo-Israeli ties developed mainly through defense agreements and in sectors such as science and technology and agriculture. But India has never fully acknowledged the relationship. In 2000, Lal Krishna Advani became the first Indian minister to visit Israel. In the same year, Jaswant Singh visited Israel as Minister of External Affairs. In 2000, the two countries established a joint counterterrorism commission, and in 2003 Prime Minister Ariel Sharon became the first Israeli prime minister to visit India.
In February 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel, with the bonhomie between Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being a highlight.
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