Indian Foreign Minister Visits Israel For Major Talks
During his two day trip to Israel, Indian Foreign Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna was received by the highest levels of government, including Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres.
It had been over a decade since an Indian external affairs minister stepped onto Israeli soil, but a stronger security relationship, driven by India’s pursuit of defeating extremists and Israel’s desire to strengthen it’s ties within the Asian sphere, brought Krishna to meet with Israeli officials.
“I think we will have to work out a strategy as to how we address ourselves to the scourge of international terrorism, which has become a curse for the entire humanity. I think our efforts should be to checkmate it and ultimately eradicate terror from the face of the earth,” said Krishna.
The two countries had plenty to discuss, including Israel’s support for an Indian seat on the UN Security Council, a free trade agreement, and the issue of Iran’s enrichment of uranium.
On the UN and trade issues, progress does seem to have been made. On the issue of Iran’s nuclear program, Krishna said “we respect the right of each nation to realize its ambitions in the nuclear sphere. Just as India exercised its right to develop nuclear energy to provide a response to its mounting domestic energy needs, so too does every other nation have the right to pursue the same aim, subordinate to parameters defined by the International Atomic Energy Agency.”
The free trade agreement may be the next major issue to be worked out between the world’s 2nd and 97th most populated countries.
“We want to import gas from Israel,” said India’s foreign minister.