24 January, 2021

Forging New Alignments

Forging New Alignments

IT was another historic meeting for Atal Behari Vajpayee during his five-day New York trip. On September 24, Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu visited Vajpayee at his New York Palace Hotel suite on the Madison Avenue amidst unprecedented security, giving a new visibility to Indo-Israeli ties and winning over the influential Jewish lobby in the US.

Analysts attach much importance to this first high-profile meeting between leaders of the two democracies because of the commonality of concerns in national security, anti-terrorism efforts and trade. Indian officials said Vajpayee and Netanyahu had discussed bilateral ties, regional and international issues, including terrorism and the obstacles in the Middle East peace process. Describing the meeting as good, officials said emphasis was also placed on bilateral trade, which already stands at $750 million.

Ever since New Delhi established full diplomatic ties with Jerusalem during P.V. Narasimha Rao's tenure—a move widely praised by Washington—trade and defence ties had been...



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