External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday discussed ways to improve bilateral ties with Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. They also discussed views on regional and global issues of mutual concern. External Affairs Minister Jaishankar is currently on a five-day visit to Israel and he exclusively met the two leaders. Jaishankar is visiting Israel for the first time as foreign minister and was invited by alternate prime minister and foreign minister Yair Lapid.

After the meeting, Jaishankar tweeted, “A warm and rich discussion on realizing the full potential of our strategic partnership. PM Bennett’s purposeful and focused approach to this was very encouraging.” Jaishankar further said that it was very important to share Bennett’s strategic vision. Jaishankar also tweeted, “India and Israel will work more closely to realize the vision of our partnership for the next 30 years.”

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Earlier on Tuesday, Jaishankar held a meeting with Israeli Parliament Speaker Mickey Levy and two other prominent leaders. Issues such as the common challenges faced by both the countries were discussed extensively and both the countries listened closely to the views of the other country. Earlier on Monday, Jaishankar had “very fruitful talks” with alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. At the meeting, the two countries agreed to start negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) early next month to be completed by next June.

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