, Israel’s newly elected Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday that he was looking forward to working with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to further develop the “unique and warm relations” between the two democracies.
Bennett, the 49-year-old leader of the right-wing Yamina party who on Sunday became the new premier ending Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year hold on power, said this while responding to Prime Minister Modi’s congratulatory tweet.
Prime Minister Modi earlier congratulated Bennett on being sworn in as Israel’s new prime minister, and said he looked forward to meeting him and deepening the strategic partnership between the two countries as they celebrate 30 years of the upgradation of diplomatic ties next year.
Thank you Mr. Prime Minister @narendramodi, I look forward to working with you to further develop the unique and warm relations between our two democracies,” Bennett tweeted from his official handle.
Bennett took oath of office on Sunday after the Knesset (Parliament) elected him as the 13th Prime Minister of Israel.
Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid also said that Israel’s new government will work to “advance strategic relations” with India.
“I look forward to working together to advance the strategic relations between our countries and hope to welcome you to Israel soon,” Lapid tweeted on Monday in response to a congratulatory message from External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
aishankar earlier in a tweet congratulated his new Israeli counterpart.
“Congratulate APM & FM @yairlapid of Israel on his appointment. Look forward to working closely together to further advance our multifaceted strategic partnership,” Jaishankar wrote.
Lapid, the head of the Yesh Atid party, would take over premiership in September 2023 under a power-sharing deal with Bennett, serving for two years till the end of the term.
In his tweets, Modi also conveyed his “profound gratitude” to Netanyahu, whose long tenure as Israeli prime minister ended on Sunday.
Modi thanked Netanyahu for his “personal attention” to India-Israel strategic partnership.
“As you complete your successful tenure as the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, I convey my profound gratitude for your leadership and personal attention to India-Israel strategic partnership @netanyahu,” Modi tweeted.