PM Modi assures Israel PM Netanyahu on safety of Israeli diplomats in India

New DelhiWritten By: Sidhant SibalUpdated: Feb 01, 2021, 08:10 PM IST
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Condemning the "terror attack" near the Israeli embassy, PM Modi "assured" Prime Minister Netanyahu that India accorded highest importance to Israeli diplomats' safety

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on the safety of Israeli diplomats in the aftermath of a blast near its mission in Delhi. The blast took place on Friday evening near the Israeli embassy in the high-profile area of Delhi even as beating retreat was underway just 20 minutes away from the site.

Condemning the "terror attack" near the Israeli embassy, PM Modi "assured" Prime Minister Netanyahu that India "accords the highest importance to the safety and security of Israeli diplomats and premises", and would "deploy all its resources to find and punish the perpetrators", the Indian readout said.  

The Israeli PM thanked Indian government for its efforts to "safeguard Israeli representatives in the aftermath of the terrorist event" near the Israeli Embassy in India, the Israeli readout highlighted. 

Both leaders during the talks expressed satisfaction about the close coordination between Indian and Israeli security agencies in this context. The minor blast resulted in little damage and no casualties were reported. A letter was recovered after the incident that mentioned the assassination of 2 high profile Iranians,  Major general Qassam Soleimani and nuclear scientist Mohsin Fakhrizadeh. Local authorities in Delhi are probing all angles.

The Israeli readout said that PM Modi noted "that his country is committed to the security of our people" and added, "that India would continue to cooperate with Israel in the fight against terrorism.". 

During the talks, both leaders also spoke on COVID cooperation. Indian PM congratulated Prime Minister Netanyahu on the successful vaccines operation in Israel and both discussed possible cooperation in the production and supply of vaccines to Israel. Mutual recognition of certificates of vaccination was also discussed during the talks. 

Hours after the blast on Friday, foreign ministers and national security advisors of India and Israel spoke to each other.