With education professionals,Mr. Jaishankar discusses strengthening academic research between India and Israel

This is Mr. Jaishankar first trip to Israel as Minister of External Affairs. He is in the country at the invitation of Yair Lapid, the country’s Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister

During a meeting with presidents and senior leadership from several Israeli universities here on Wednesday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar addressed strengthening academic research and technological partnership between India and Israel to drive the future of bilateral ties. Jaishankar came in Israel on Sunday on a five-day visit as part of India’s attempts to deepen strategic ties as well as explore new areas of bilateral cooperation. This is Jaishankar’s first trip to the country as the Minister of External Affairs.

“Today in Tel Aviv, we’re expanding our academic research and technology collaboration through talks with university presidents and top leadership,” Jaishankar tweeted, along with photos from the meeting. In his tweet, he also mentioned Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University, Technion Israel (Israel Institute of Technology), and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, among others. “In the future years, our collaboration will drive the India-Israel partnership,” Jaishankar concluded. Jaishankar met with Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday and had extensive conversations with them about bilateral relations as well as regional and global problems. During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Israel in July 2017, India and Israel elevated their relations to a strategic alliance. Since then, the two countries’ relationship has centred on deepening their knowledge-based partnership, which includes collaboration in innovation and research, as well as bolstering India’s “Make in India” effort.

“The three of you are among the closest ties we have, if not the closest,” Jaishankar stated briefly. He agreed with Blinken that a forum like this may be far more effective than three separate bilateral talks, noting the fight against COVID-19 as an example of the benefits of such cooperation forums in situations where bilateral ties frequently fail.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met with his colleagues from the United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates for a “fruitful” first quadrilateral meeting on how to deepen economic and political cooperation in the Middle East and Asia, notably through trade and marine security. During the virtual meeting on Monday, Jaishankar was accompanied by Israel’s Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, who is now on a five-day visit to the country. Virtually present were US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as the four leaders discussed common regional concerns. In a tweet, Jaishankar said, “A fruitful first meeting with Israeli APM and FM @YairLapid, UAE FM @ABZayed, and US Secretary of State @SecBlinken this evening.”

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