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India looks forward to strengthen cooperation with Israel, says President Mukherjee

Jerusalem, Oct.14 : Marking a political milestone in the growing relationship between India and Israel during his visit to the Middle Eastern country, President Pranab Mukherjee said that India looks forward to strengthen the friendship and co-operation in the field of energy, hydrocarbons and mineral sectors with Israel.

The President also attended a reception hosted by Ambassador of India to Israel, Jaideep Sarkar, for Indian nationals and Israeli nationals of Indian origin in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Speaking on the occasion, President Mukherjee thanked the people of Israel for making the Indian community there feel welcome and valued.

The President also said that India has always regarded Israel as a valued partner.

“In fact, West Asia as a whole and the Gulf have always been a priority for India. The countries of this region are India’s vital partners in the energy, hydrocarbon and mineral sectors. We shall continue to pay special attention to them and seek closer cooperation and stronger partnership with them for our mutual benefit,” President Mukherjee said.

“India and Israel are two countries with ancient civilisations, much like the two branches of a bountiful tree. India looks forward to strengthening the friendship and co-operation between our peoples in the years to come,” he added.

The President said that the members of the Indian Jewish community have distinguished themselves through their achievements – both in India and in Israel.

“In Mumbai they have contributed leaders in business, education and the literary field. In Kolkata, the Magen David Synagogue and the Jewish Girl’s School are historic landmarks,” President Mukherjee said.

The President who is on a five-day state visit to Jordan, Palestine and Israel landed in Tel Aviv on a 3-day state visit, the first by an Indian Head of State. (ANI)