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India, Israel pledge to do more in scaling up partnership: Modi

1/15/2018

New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday the India-Israel delegation level talks led by him and Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu were marked by convergence to "accelerate" mutual engagement and to scale up the partnership. "Our discussions today were marked by convergence to accelerate our engagement and to scale up our partnership....Our discussions were wide-ranging and intensive. They were marked by the desire to do more," Mr Modi told a media conference in presence of the visiting dignitary. Mr Modi said while he has "a reputation" of being impatient in getting results, the same yardstick applied for Mr Netanyahu also."Last year in Tel Aviv, you (Netanyahu) had expressed the intent to cut down bureaucratic red tape with a machete and forge ahead with speed....I am happy to tell you that in India, we are well on our way to doing just that. We have imparted our shared impatience to the implementation of our earlier decisions," he said adding "the results are already visible on the ground". In a first ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister, Mr Modi had visited Israel in July last year. Describing the visit of Mr Netanyahu as "a long-anticipated moment in the journey of friendship" between India and Israel, he said, "Your visit is also a fitting climax to the commemoration of 25 years of diplomatic relations between India and Israel".

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