Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday participated in an international conference on solar energy that was hosted by India.
Addressing the digital conference of the International Solar Alliance, an international organization founded by India to promote solar-based renewable energy, Netanyahu noted that 10 percent of Israel’s energy comes from the sun. By 2030 that figure is expected to rise to 30%, he was quoted saying in a statement from his office.
“We want a future with less carbon and less pollution, a future based on green energy and that’s why I welcome this vital initiative by Prime Minister Modi and I want to assure you that Israel is your partner in this quest,” Netanyahu said.
“I believe that the most important renewable energy is ingenuity and innovation,” he added. “And all the countries represented here, beginning with India and Israel, and all of you, are committed to seizing innovation in order to seize the future. And on that I think we can all be very, very hopeful.”
The conference was also attended by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and ministers from the UK, Denmark and India.
The Prime Minister’s Office said Netanyahu was personally invited to take part in the event by his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. Netanyahu and Modi are close personal friends who often shower each other with public praise and good wishes. Netanyahu has placed a framed photograph of himself with the Indian premier strolling barefoot on an Israeli beach in his Jerusalem office, where all visiting leaders can see it.
Modi and Netanyahu have made official visits to each others countries. In September last year Netanyahu cancelled what would have been a one-day visit to India for a meeting with Modi less than a month before Israeli elections.