On Tuesday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had discussions with his Israeli colleague Eli Cohen, hours before Cohen opted to cut short his visit to India due to certain security-related events in the Jewish nation. These developments were discussed during the Israeli minister’s visit to India.

“Conversations with Israel’s Foreign Minister @elicoh1 this afternoon that were fruitful and covered a wide range of topics. Agriculture, water, and defense and security are the four primary pillars of our Strategic Partnership, and they are driving the expansion of our connections.

Jaishankar tweeted “New agreements in water and agriculture today highlight the potential to do more.”

He further stated that in addition to addressing collaboration in high technology, digital and innovation, as well as connectivity, mobility tourism, finance, and health, they noted the development in I2U2, which is an alliance between India, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States, and cooperation in international forums.

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Additionally, the two ministers discussed the viewpoints each holds on their respective areas, namely the Indo-Pacific and the Ukraine.

Following his discussion with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Israeli minister stated that he will travel back home.

This was agreed by the Israeli side after the minister got the information upon his arrival here this morning on Tel Aviv’s operation against a terrorist group in Gaza Strip. The information related to Tel Aviv’s operation against Gaza Strip militants.

During the course of his short trip, Cohen also gave a speech at the India-Israel Business Forum, where he advocated for the rapid implementation of a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two nations. He stated, “I believe that it (FTA) can boost our relations,” and I concur with him.