EAM Jaishankar's visit to Israel: EAM welcomes Israel as ISA's newest member- Know full details of visit here

EAM S Jaishankar's visit to Israel is India’s first high-level engagement with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government. He will be calling on the President, Prime Minister and the Knesset Speaker during the visit.

Created On: Oct 18, 2021 17:47 IST
EAM Jaishankar's visit to Israel:
EAM Jaishankar's visit to Israel:

Union External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar held productive talks with the Foreign Affairs Minister of Israel, Yair Lapid on October 18, 2021. Both the foreign ministers agreed on mutual recognition of the vaccination certificates. 

EAM S Jaishankar also thanked Israel for joining the International Solar Alliance as its newest member. The two Foreign Ministers also decided to resume negotiations on FTA (Free Trade Agreements) between the two countries as early as November 2021 with the hope that the agreement will be ready for signing by mid-2022.

The foreign ministers of India, Israel, the United States and the United Arab Emirates are also scheduled to hold a virtual meeting today, triggering speculations over the formation of a second QUAD. 

EAM Jaishankar's visit to Israel: Significance

The Union External Affairs Minister is on an official visit to Israel from October 17-21, 2021 at the invitation of Israel's Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. This is his first visit to the country as External Affairs Minister. 

The EAM's visit to Israel is also India’s first high-level engagement with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government. He will be calling on the President, Prime Minister and the Knesset Speaker during the visit.

Key Highlights of EAM Jaishankar's Israel visit

•Dr. S. Jaishankar held productive talks with Foreign Affairs Minister Yair Lapid, which covered a wide range of regional and global issues. 

•The External Affairs Minister also paid homage to the victims of the Holocaust at Yad Vashem, stating that the memorial is a testimony to the human spirit of resilience and strengthens our resolve to fight evil.

•He also unveiled a plaque commemorating the Bhoodan Grove planted by Sarvodaya workers in 1960. 

•He also addressed the Indian Jewish Community and said that he was happy to be back here, amidst a land with which India has had ties for centuries.

•The Minister expressed gratitude to the community for their manifold contribution to India-Israel ties and expressed confidence that they will bring us even closer together in the coming years.

•He also held a productive interaction with the Israeli chambers of commerce and the innovation ecosystem and appreciated their visible enthusiasm for doing more partnerships with India. He highlighted several natural areas of collaboration during the interaction including health, agriculture, green growth and digital. 

•He also paid homage to the brave Indian soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice during World War I at the Indian Cemetery at Talpiot during his first engagement in Jerusalem.

Background

India under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi had enjoyed an unprecedented relationship with former Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.

Both the nations had elevated their bilateral relations to a Strategic Partnership during PM Modi's historic visit to Israel in July 2017. The relationship between the two countries has since then focused on collaboration in innovation and research, including boosting the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Modi government. 

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