“Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will make his first official visit to India on Saturday, April 2, 2022, at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi,” the Foreign Media Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel said in a statement. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in October last year, when Prime Minister Modi invited his Israeli counterpart Bennett for an official visit to India, the statement said.
Naftali Bennett will come on a four-day tour
The visit will reaffirm the important relationship between the two countries and leaders and will mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of relations between Israel and India. Sources told PTI that it will be a four-day tour from April 2 to 5. The media advisor said the visit is aimed at furthering and strengthening the strategic alliance between the two countries and expanding bilateral ties. In addition, the two leaders will discuss strengthening cooperation in various fields including innovation, economy, R&D, agriculture and others.
Bennett to meet with local Jewish community
Bennett will also meet his Indian counterpart, senior government officials and members of the local Jewish community during his visit. The complete itinerary and additional details of the visit will be released separately, the statement said. “I am delighted to take my first official visit to India at the invitation of my friend, Prime Minister Modi, and together we will continue to take the relationship between our countries forward,” Bennett said in a press statement.
‘We can learn many things from Indians’
“Modi re-started the relationship between India and Israel and it has historical significance,” he said. The ties between our two unique cultures – Indian culture and Jewish culture are deep and they are based on deep appreciation and fruitful cooperation.’ The Israeli prime minister insisted, “We can learn many things from Indians and that’s what we try to do.” Together we will expand our cooperation in areas such as innovation and technology, security and cyber, agriculture and climate change, among others.