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A senior Indian Foreign Ministry delegation visited Jerusalem
08/07/2015
The delegation, headed by Secretary (East) Anil Wadhwa, arrived to Israel for a “strategical dialogue” on various issues, among them: removing economic barriers, improving tourism and establishing Centers of Excellence in Agriculture

Secretary (East) Shri. Anil Wadhwa led the Indian side in the 14th round of India-Israel Foreign Office consultations which were held in Jerusalem on July 7. The Israeli side was led by the Director General of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Dore Gold. The Secretary also met the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely during his first visit to Israel

Photo by: The Indian embassy in Israel

The rapid rapprochement between Israel and India received a major boost Tuesday when a senior Foreign Ministry delegation visited Jerusalem. Headed by Secretary (East) Anil Wadhwa, who holds the top bureaucratic position in the ministry, the group of Indian diplomats arrived to Israel for a “strategical dialogue” on various issues.

“This dialogue expresses the special relationship that developed between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi", the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement this week. “At the heart of the dialogue stand a number of bilateral topics, with an emphasis on diplomatic, economic and development issues”.

Wadhwa and Dore Gold, who heads Israel’s Foreign Ministry, were set to discuss ways to remove “economic barriers” and improve tourism, and the establishment of a “Center of Excellence in Agriculture,” among other subjects, according to the statement.

“The Israeli-India relationship has been growing steadily for many years now. Since the coming into power of the government headed by Narenda Modi there is a visible turn for the better, a moving from improvement to an upgrade,” said Mark Sofer, a deputy director-general at Israel’s foreign ministry and a former ambassador to India. “But there’s so much more that the two countries can and will do together for the benefit of the Israeli and Indian peoples”.

Modi, who is expected in Israel later this year in what would be a historic first visit of an Indian prime minister, has accelerated the rapprochement with Jerusalem. While strong defense and business ties existed before he came to power in April 2014, he made the relationship much more visible.

Foreign Minister Shrimati Sushma Swaraj is also due to visit Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan later this year. In February, Moshe Ya’alon became the first sitting Israeli defense minister to visit India.

“Much credit for this process belongs to the two prime ministers and our embassy in India,” an Israeli official said. “We’re indeed witnessing a dramatic change. It shows how India starts seeing itself in a different light — as a world power in the making, which is becoming stronger economically but also deals with the threat of global terrorism”.

 

Source: The times of Israel

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