“Join my party, you are the most popular person in Israel”: Naftali Bennett to Prime Minister Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Israeli counterpart Naftali Bennett on Tuesday on the sidelines of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow and shared a moment of light during their first formal interaction, where the latter briefed the Indian Prime Minister on his popularity in Israel and invited him to join his party.
On Twitter, Naftali Bennett shared a video and wrote: “Excellent meeting with @NarendraModi at @ COP26. Narendra, I want to thank you for your historic role in forming ties between our countries. Together, we can bring India-Israel relations to a completely new level and build a better and brighter future for our nations. ”
In the video of the interaction shared on Twitter, the Israeli Prime Minister can be heard telling Prime Minister Modi, “You are the most popular person in Israel.” In response to the comment, Modi said, “thank you, thank you.”
Bennett also asked Modi to join his Yamina Party. “Come join my party,” Bennett said, as the two leaders laughed and shook hands.
During the meeting, the two leaders reviewed bilateral ties in addition to exchanging views on expanding cooperation in areas of high technology and innovation. Modi and Bennett’s first formal meeting came after their brief interaction Monday during the climate conference.
Earlier, recalling their brief meeting on Monday, Prime Minister Modi said that the people of India deeply value his friendship with Israel.
“Enhancing Friendship with Israel. Prime Ministers @narendramodi and @naftalibennett had a fruitful meeting in Glasgow. Both leaders discussed deepening various avenues of cooperation for the benefit of our citizens,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.
The meeting between Modi and Bennett comes after Jaishankar, during his visit to Israel last month, extended an invitation to the Israeli prime minister on Modi’s behalf to visit India.
According to Israeli media reports, Bennett, who became prime minister in June this year, is likely to visit India next year.
India and Israel elevated their bilateral relations to a strategic partnership during Prime Minister Modi’s historic visit to Israel in July 2017.
Since then, the relationship between the two countries has focused on expanding the knowledge-based partnership, which includes collaboration in innovation and research, including driving the ‘Make in India’ initiative.