Indian PM Modi congratulates Israel's new PM Yair Lapid
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Yair Lapid for becoming the 14th Prime Minister of Israel.
"Warm wishes and heartiest congratulations to His Excellency @yairlapid for assuming the premiership of Israel. I look forward to continue furthering our strategic partnership as we celebrate 30 years of full diplomatic relations," tweeted PM Modi. Yair Lapid officially became the 14th Prime Minister of Israel at the stroke of midnight between Thursday and Friday.
Lapid's term could be the short one as he takes over the caretaker government ahead of Israel's election which is scheduled to take place on November 1, The Times of Israel reported.
"We'll do the best we can for a Jewish, democratic state, good and strong and thriving, because that is the job, and it's bigger than all of us," Lapid said at a handover ceremony with the outgoing Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on June 30 afternoon.
Meanwhile, PM Modi also thanked outgoing PM Bennett for being a true friend of India.
"Thank you His Excellency @naftalibennett for being a true friend of India. I cherish our fruitful interactions and wish you success in your new role," tweeted PM Modi.
On July 3, Lapid is expected to convene the first weekly cabinet meeting of his premiership. Bennett is set to remain in the government as an alternate prime minister. He will also continue to hold responsibility for the country's Iran policy.
Bannett announced on June 29 that he has no plans to participate in the next parliamentary elections.