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Health, agriculture priority areas: Indian Minister Jaishankar on Israel visit

External Affairs Minister of India, S Jaishankar, has said that he had a productive meeting with members of Israeli chambers of commerce and added several priority areas for collaboration, including the health sector, agriculture and green growth.

"A productive meeting with Israeli chambers of commerce and the innovation ecosystem. Appreciate their visible enthusiasm for doing more partnerships with India. Many post-Covid priorities including digital, health, agriculture and green growth are natural areas for our collaboration," EAM Jaishankar tweeted.

Jaishankar visited the Indian cemetery in Jerusalem on October 17 and paid homage to the Indian soldiers who died during World War I. During his visit, he is scheduled to hold talks with Israel's top leadership.

"Visited the Indian Cemetery at Talpiot as my first engagement in Jerusalem. Paid homage to the brave Indian soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice during World War I," Jaishankar tweeted.

After reaching Israel, the minister wrote on Twitter: "Shalom Israel! Arrived on my first visit as External Affairs Minister. Looking forward to a great visit."

Jaishankar will hold a bilateral meeting with the Foreign Minister of Israel Yair Lapid and call on Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett during his three-day visit.

India and Israel elevated bilateral relations to a Strategic Partnership during the historic visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel in July.
Earlier on October 16, the Ministry of External Affairs said that Jaishankar will interact with the Indian-origin Jewish community in Israel, Indologists, Indian students who are currently pursuing their education in Israeli universities, and business people, including from the hi-tech industries.


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