By Bradley Martin, Originally published in JNS.org
Almost three months after the landmark visit of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj this week followed suit with a two-day visit to Israel amid increasingly warm ties between the two countries.
“I am very happy to be here in Israel. I served as the chairman of the India-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group for three years, during which I also had the pleasure of visiting Israel. I am a personal advocate of strong ties between India and Israel, so I am very happy to see that our relations are progressing so well in all our fields of engagement,” said Swaraj.
Swaraj advocated for closer civil, economic, and technological exchanges between the peoples of Israel and India. From student collaboration on scientific research to the building of start-ups, she has remarked that the two countries have come a long way since full diplomatic ties were established in 1992.
“We have developed close cooperation in critical areas such as agriculture and defense. Indian farmers and soldiers know Israel well because of its innovative technologies,” Swaraj said.