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'Look forward to deepening partnership': PM Modi congratulates Israeli PM Naftali Bennett

Prime Minister Modi said that he looks forward to meeting him and bolstering the strategic partnership between India and Israel further.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended his best wishes to Naftali Bennett for taking the reigns as the Israeli Prime Minister. Modi also said that he looks forward to meeting him and bolster the strategic partnership between India and Israel further.

Prime Minister Modi tweeted, "Excellency @naftalibennett, congratulations on becoming the Prime Minister of Israel. As we celebrate 30 years of the upgradation of diplomatic relations next year, I look forward to meeting you and deepening the strategic partnership between our two countries. @IsraeliPM."


The Prime Minister also thanked his former counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu for his "leadership and personal attention to India-Israel strategic partnership."

Prime Minister Modi was not the only one to congratulate Bennett on his first innings as the Israeli Prime Minister.

US President Joe Biden also congratulated the incoming Israeli PM Naftali Bennett and Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid during a telephonic conversation. Biden added he looks forward to working to strengthen US-Israel relations.

Prime Minister Bennett thanked Biden for his wishes and for his support to Israel during the recent conflict with Hamas in the Gaza strip, adding he considers the latter  'a great friend of the State of Israel'.

Naftali Bennett, the 49-year old leader of the right-wing Yamina party, was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Israel putting an end to Benjamin Netanyahu's era and political uncertainty due to inconclusive elections. Bennett took the oath of office after the Knesset (Parliament) elected him as the 13th Israeli PM.

The new government-a combination of diverse parties from the Right, the Left and the Centre secured a razor-thin majority of 60-59 in the 120-member Parliament as one lawmaker abstained from voting. His government has 27 ministers, out of whom 9 are women.

Edited by Mehak Agarwal; with agency inputs

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