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Israel’s New Foreign Minister Yair Lapid Says Government Will Work To Boost Relations With India


Israel’s new government will work to “advance strategic relations” with India, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid mentioned on Monday, a day immediately after Naftali Bennett became the new premier ending Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year hold on energy.

“I look forward to working together to advance the strategic relations between our countries and hope to welcome you to Israel soon,” Lapid tweeted in response to a congratulatory message from External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

Jaishankar, earlier in a tweet, congratulated his new Israeli counterpart.

“Congratulate APM & FM @yairlapid of Israel on his appointment. Look forward to working closely together to further advance our multifaceted strategic partnership,” Jaishankar wrote.

Lapid, the head of the Yesh Atid party, would take more than premiership in September 2023 below a energy-sharing deal with Bennett, serving for two years till the finish of the term.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Bennett on becoming sworn in as Israel’s new prime minister, and mentioned he looked forward to meeting him and deepening the strategic partnership involving the two nations as they celebrate 30 years of the upgradation of diplomatic ties next year.

In his tweets, PM Modi also conveyed his “profound gratitude” to Netanyahu, whose extended tenure as Israeli prime minister ended on Sunday.

PM Modi thanked Netanyahu for his “personal attention” to India-Israel strategic partnership.

“As you complete your successful tenure as the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, I convey my profound gratitude for your leadership and personal attention to India-Israel strategic partnership @netanyahu,” PM Modi tweeted.

The individual chemistry involving the two leaders has usually been talked about in the Israeli media and Prime Minister Modi got a royal welcome through his historic trip to the Jewish state in July 2017 when Netanyahu accompanied him pretty much like a shadow through his whole stop by.

The gesture then extended to PM Modi is reserved for pretty handful of folks in Israel.

Bennett, the 49-year-old leader of the appropriate-wing Yamina party, took oath of workplace on Sunday immediately after the Knesset (Parliament) elected him as the 13th Prime Minister of Israel.

The new government – an unprecedented coalition of ideologically divergent political parties drawn from the Right, the Left and the Centre, along with an Arab party – has a razor-thin majority in a 120-member home.

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