Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called PM Modi “the most popular person in Israel” during an animated conversation with him on Tuesday. In a video tweeted by the Israeli leader, the two prime ministers were seen sharing a light moment amid their packed schedule at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
Mr. Bennett even invited him to “join my party”, to which PM Modi laughed.
Narendra, I want to thank you for your historic role in shaping the relations between our countries.
Together, we can take India-Israel relations to a new level and build a better and brighter future for our nations.
— Prime Minister of Israel (@IsraeliPM) November 2, 2021
The two leaders met for the first time today on the sidelines of the COP26 climate summit, during which they reviewed bilateral ties, besides exchanging views on expanding cooperation in the areas of high-technology and innovation. They had their first formal meeting after their brief talks on Monday on the sidelines of the climate summit.
India shares close ties with Israel and the two countries have been working closely for years on terrorism and defense issues. Bilateral ties between the countries were elevated to a strategic partnership during Prime Minister Modi’s historic visit to Israel in 2017, making him the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel in the last 70 years.
“I want to thank you. You are the person who rekindled the relationship between India and Israel, a deep connection between two unique civilizations – Indian civilization, Jewish civilization – and I know it is in your heart. comes from,” said Mr. Bennett told PM Modi at the beginning of the meeting.
Urging to carry forward the deeper cooperation between the two countries that began during his predecessor Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr. Bennett, who became prime minister in June this year, vowed to take relations to a new level.
“Really! We will continue to work together for stronger bilateral ties and a better planet,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
The meeting between PM Modi and Mr. Bennett took place during a visit by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar to Israel last month, which included an invitation from PM Modi to the Israeli Prime Minister to visit India.