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Jaishankar Calls on Israeli Diplomats to Maintain a “Forward and Upward Path” in Bilateral Relations | India News


JERUSALEM: Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday told Israeli diplomats to understand the “profound changes” taking place in India after the Covid-19 pandemic and to use the fundamental and profound comfort that both parties enjoy to promote the “forward and upward trajectory” in bilateral ties.
Jaishankar, who was invited by his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi to address the conference of heads of Israeli missions in the Asia-Pacific region as a guest of honor and to share his perspective on the events that shape the world, spoke on the Contemporary Global Situation, Indian Foreign Policy Outlook, Indo-Pacific and India-Israel Cooperation.
“India is undergoing profound changes at the moment,” the minister said while speaking via video link.
He highlighted the major reforms underway in India in the fields of agriculture, labor, manufacturing and education, demonstrating the willingness of the Indian government to emerge from the challenges of 2020 with a positive mind rather than starting on a defensive note.
He called on Israeli diplomats to use the fundamental and profound comfort enjoyed by the two sides to promote the “forward and upward trajectory” in bilateral relations.
Recalling the days when Indian and Israeli officials met in foreign destinations before diplomatic relations were established in 1992, Jaishankar emphasized that “the relationship finally enjoys the stature and visibility it deserves,” which is based on “deep social contacts. “.
In addition to defense cooperation, Jaishankar also highlighted the productive collaboration between the two countries in the field of agriculture, water, and shared interests in start-ups and innovation that has gained prominence due to “like mindsets.”
In touching on the state of the world, the minister with decades of experience in the field highlighted ten attributes of the world today that affect everyone.
Continuous rebalancing, contestation instead of conflict as a process of change, movement towards multipolarity, weakening of multilateralism, deglobalization, weakening of old alliances, new attributes of power, a plurilateral world, the rise of big technology and policies without borders were some of the the attributes that the minister deepened in his presentation with specific references.
Regarding India’s approach, he noted that New Delhi looks at the world in “concentric circles” with a “neighborhood first” approach that has guided several of its recent actions.
“India’s economic boom has an uplifting influence on the entire neighborhood. We are interested in seeing the entire region progress,” said Jaishankar.
However, the Indian effort has been to go global and not be restricted by geographies, he said.
Calling for dealing with the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, a relatively new lexicon, as an integrated and seamless region, Jaishankar also highlighted the importance of the Gulf, which is home to 9 million Indians, Africa and other parts of the world for India.
He said that India follows a policy of “realism, which is positive”.
Describing Israel as part of India’s extended neighborhood, he said that New Delhi has been closely following developments in the region as it may also “shock us.”
He noted that New Delhi was one of the first to endorse the Abraham Accords, an agreement brokered by the United States to normalize Israel’s ties with countries in the Arab world.
Jaishankar expressed his appreciation for the way Israel had “personalized every relationship” with the countries in the region, something from which a lot could be learned.
“Delighted to address the Israel Asia-Pacific Ambassadors Conference. I spoke about the contemporary global situation, India’s foreign policy outlook, Indo-Pacific and India-Israel cooperation. Thanks to FM @Gabi_Ashkenazi for the opportunity “Jaishankar tweeted after his speech.
Earlier in introducing Jaishankar, Ashkenazi said that he could “hardly” find another Foreign Minister with Jaishankar’s experience and that it would be “interesting to hear his perspective on the challenges we face.”
The Israeli Foreign Minister also recalled that his first call to a foreign counterpart after taking over was to Jaishankar given the “strategic partnership” enjoyed by the two countries, which is also a “special” relationship.
“India is a regional power and a strategic partner for Israel. Next year we will celebrate 30 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Our relations are based on an understanding of common interests that complement each other and form a broad cushion of security.” water, agriculture, health and centers of excellence, “said Ashkenazi.
He said that the relationship between the two countries is based on democratic values ​​and common interests that create a broad cushion for cooperation in the fields of security, innovation, water, agriculture and health.
Gilad Cohen, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Asia and the Pacific, in his opening remarks at the beginning of the conference said that “the Asian continent is the global engine of growth and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs attaches an increasing importance greater than economic diplomacy. ”
Appreciating Jaishankar’s speech and his understanding of the global order, Israel’s Consul General in Mumbai, Yaacov Finkelstein, tweeted: “A clear and in-depth review from the Indian Foreign Minister @DrSJaishankar Ji. I learned a lot.”

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