India attaches top priority to ties with Israel: Sushma Swaraj

Swaraj, who is on her first visit to West Asia as the External Affairs Minister, said she was looking forward to her discussions with the top Israeli leadership.

By: PTI | Jerusalem | Updated: January 22, 2016 12:00 am
sushma swaraj, arab world, swaraj arab world, indians in arab world, palestine conflict, palestine israel issue, india news India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj answers questions to journalists during a press conference in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. (AP Photo)

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said India attaches the highest importance to its ties with Israel as she called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the entire spectrum of the relationship.

Swaraj, who is on her first visit to West Asia as the External Affairs Minister, said she was looking forward to her discussions with the top Israeli leadership.

“India attaches the highest importance to the full development of bilateral ties with Israel. Our bilateral cooperation has grown in a number of areas over the past two decades but the potential of our relations are much more,” she told media along with Netanyahu before their meeting.

“I hope to discuss the entire spectrum of our bilateral relationship,” Swaraj said, adding that she hopes to get an assessment of the situation in the region and identify areas where the two countries can cooperate.

In his welcoming remarks, Prime Minister Netanyahu said that there has been a great flowering of relationship and friendship between the two countries in the recent years.

“I take special pleasure in welcoming you here and sending my regards to my good friend and colleague Prime Minister Modi. The expression of this growing relationship has been in the visit of the (Indian) President, the first ever by an Indian Head of State,” he said.

He said the two countries are intensifying their contacts and cooperation in fields such as science and technology, cyber, defence and agriculture.

“India and Israel are at the cutting edge of so many innovations and by working together we can do a lot more for our people and the world,” he said, adding that Israel admires India and view it as a great friend.

Netanyahu, who has met Modi twice in the past year and a half, has said that “sky is the limit” that can be achieved between the two sides with “limitless” potential.

The Israeli Prime Minister has in the past said that his Indian counterpart has told him that New Delhi needs Tel Aviv to achieve major developmental projects outlined by him.

Swaraj would also meet President Reuven Rivlin, Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Minister of Infrastructure Yuval Shteinitz and deputy Foreign Minister Tsipi Hotovely.

She will be also meeting the Indian community in Israel.

There are four groups of Indian Jewish communities in Israel with a strength of approximately 80,000.

Swaraj’s visit comes barely three months after the historic visit of President Pranab Mukherjee, the first by an Indian Head of State to Israel, and aims at encasing on the goodwill generated by that visit.

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  1. S
    SK
    Jan 20, 2016 at 3:50 am
    Israel has always supported India, congress was afraid to say so because of vote bank. We and Israel face similar problems. India can learn a lot from Israel in every field.
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      Balagopal
      Jan 18, 2016 at 3:40 pm
      Israel is a nation that has been staunch supporter of India since its creation in 1948. Israel's help is critical in areas of defence, counter-terrorosm, technology and modern agriculture. The recent terrorist attack on Pathankot revelas India's security vulnerabilities. India can learn a lot from Israel that is the subject of daily terrorist attacks of all sorts.
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        Rajesh
        Jan 18, 2016 at 11:27 am
        Good ties with Israel are very important for India. As an added bonus, it p-sses the Mullahs, jihadis and pseudo-seculars off.
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          manikandan`
          Jan 18, 2016 at 11:20 am
          Well Done Sushma Swaraji , go Sushma Swaraji go ,b.j.p moving in a correct way
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            Wake Up!
            Jan 18, 2016 at 12:37 pm
            Oil ? is enough to handle India or Israel
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