Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says will continue to strengthen ‘deep friendship’ with India

PTI New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 30, 2020, 09.49 AM(IST)

File Photo: PM Narendra Modi with Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Photograph:( Twitter )

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Israel opened a consulate in Mumbai in 1950 when India officially recognised it but did not establish full-fledged diplomatic ties.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said that his country would continue to strengthen its “deep friendship” with India as the two countries mark the 28th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

Taking to Twitter, he also congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion.

“Today 28 years ago, Israel and India formally established diplomatic relations. I congratulate my friend Narendra Modi for his warm friendship. Between Israel and India, a deep friendship has emerged that is evident in our many collaborations. We will continue to strengthen this important friendship,” Netanyahu said in a tweet in Hebrew.

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Israel opened a consulate in Mumbai in 1950 when India officially recognised it but did not establish full fledged diplomatic ties.

The Congress government led by Narsimha Rao decided to formally establish full-fledged diplomatic relations with Israel on January 29, 1992, which has now been elevated to the level of a strategic partnership.