Underlining that the ties between India and Israel are based on mutual “appreciation and meaningful collaboration”, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has said he will visit India in the first week of April to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. It is learnt Bennett will visit India from April 2 to April 5.
“Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will pay his first official visit to India on Saturday, 2 April 2022, at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Israel PM’s office said in a statement.
The two leaders had first met on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow last October when PM Modi had invited Bennett to pay an official visit to India, the statement said.
“This visit will reaffirm the important connection between the countries and the leaders, and will mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of relations between Israel and India,” it added. The Israel prime minister’s visit also aims to expand the cooperation between the two countries in the areas of innovation and technology, security and cyber, and agriculture and climate change.
“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,” the statement said.
Bennett will be meeting his Indian counterpart, senior government officials as well as the local Jewish community during his visit. The full schedule of the visit and additional details will be issued separately, the statement said.
“I am delighted to pay my first official visit to India at the invitation of my friend, Prime Minister Modi, and together we will continue leading the way for our countries’ relations,” Bennett was quoted as saying in the press statement.