Minister of External Affairs, S Jaishankar on Sunday met with the Indian Jewish community in Israel and hailed their contribution to the ties between the two countries.
Jaishankar, who arrived in Israel earlier in the day on his maiden visit to the country, also said that he was confident that the Indian Jewish community in Israel will bring the two countries even closer together in the coming years.
Post his interaction with the Indian Jewish community, Jaishankar tweeted in recognition of the "manifold contributions" to the ties between the two countries,
Very pleased to meet the Indian Jewish community in Israel.
Valued their manifold contribution to India-Israel ties.
Confident that they will bring us even closer together in the coming years. pic.twitter.com/au0gFEGjsT— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) October 17, 2021
The External Affairs Minister also met with the Israeli chambers of commerce and termed their ecosystem of doing business as "innovative."
He reiterated the post-Covid priorities of the two countries including digital, health, agriculture &green growth and called them, "natural areas for our collaboration" in a tweet.
He also released a book titled ‘Bombay/Mumbai: City Heritage Walks’ by Prof. Shaul Sapir, an India born scholar, who was a professor at the prestigious Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
"Pleased to receive a copy of the book-Bombay Mumbai: City Heritage Walks by Dr. Shaul Sapir,” Jaishankar tweeted.
Pleased to receive a copy of the book-Bombay Mumbai: City Heritage Walks by Dr. Shaul Sapir. pic.twitter.com/dQkCSxhN8y— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) October 17, 2021
During his visit, Jaishankar would call on President Isaac Herzog, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.
The EAM will also be holding talks with leading academics from all over Israel, business community leaders and interacting with the Indian Jewish community.
Jaishankar will also visit places of historical significance to India, demonstrating its long-term presence in the region and constructive role played in shaping the history of the region.
India and Israel elevated bilateral relations to a strategic partnership during the historic visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel in July 2017.
Since then, the relationship between the two countries has focused on expanding knowledge-based partnership, which includes collaboration in innovation and research, including boosting the 'Make in India' initiative, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement ahead of his departure.
(With PTI Inputs)