Netanyahu speaks to Modi about expanding Israeli-Indian cooperation

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi visit the water desalination plant at Olga beach, on July 6, 2017. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi visit the water desalination plant at Olga beach, on July 6, 2017. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 20-minute call focuses on expanding cooperation in tech, trade and security, according to Netanyahu’s office.

The two were famously close during Netanyahu’s previous tenure. During Modi’s visit to Israel in 2017, the two leaders waded barefoot together into the surf with the waves gently lapping at the hems of their pants as they talked, producing iconic photos of the pair. The two then sipped drinks and took a drive in a water desalination dune buggy.

The strategic relationship continues to grow, with India taking advantage of opportunities the Abraham Accords provide New Delhi in the Middle East and in Europe.

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