New Delhi: S Jaishankar, the Union Minister for External Affairs has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's July 2017 visit to Israel was a "goosebump moment" for him. Jaishankar was speaking on India's relationship with Israel, which he described as "really special," . He made the statements during a speech in Delhi commemorating Israel's 74th year of independence. Naor Gilon, Israel's envoy to India, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan, was also present at the ceremony.
"When I reflect on our relationship over the last several years, the goosebumps moment for me was in Tel Aviv in July 2017, when the Prime Minister became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel." And our relationship has blossomed since then "Jaishankar expressed. He also emphasised the two countries' knowledge-based relationship, which encompasses cooperation, innovation, and research. Israel, he said, is an important part of India's "Make in India" programmes.
He also discussed the countries' future prospects, saying, "As I envision the future of our relationship, one of the most hopeful signals for me is intellectual, students in large numbers are moving from here to there, research project we're doing."
Following Jaishankar's speech, Israel's envoy to India, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan, Naor Gilon, expressed gratitude for the Indian EAM's participation on Israel's 74th Independence Day and the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties between India and Israel. "I would like to quote our Guest of Honour, who stated during his visit to Israel in October that our relations do not date back 30 years. It's a link between very old civilizations that's likely the foundation for the two modern countries' very healthy bilateral relations "In his speech, Gilon said in his speech.
"This is a particularly memorable event for us since it marks the 30th anniversary of full diplomatic relations between India and Israel. We're also celebrating 75 years of independence, and these momentous anniversaries enable us to look forward to new vistas in our growing ties "He said. "Focus is on knowledge-based relationships, and Israel is a key partner in the 'Make in India' partnership," EAM Jaishankar said of the Jewish community's contributions to India.