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SOURCE: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday spoke to his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and both leaders agreed on the potential for further strengthening bilateral strategic cooperation in a variety of areas.

It was the first phone conversation between PM Modi and Prime Minister Netanyahu after the veteran Israeli leader was sworn in as the prime minister for a sixth term around two weeks back.

“Was a pleasure to speak with my good friend,@netanyahu. Congratulated him for his impressive election win and for becoming Prime Minister for a record sixth time. Delighted that we will have another chance to advance the India-Israel Strategic Partnership together,” PM Modi tweeted.

During the talks, PM Modi invited Benjamin Netanyahu to visit India at an early date, according to a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office.

“The prime minister conveyed his warm congratulations to Netanyahu for his election as the Prime Minister of Israel for a sixth time, and wished him a very successful tenure,” it said.

The PMO said the two leaders expressed satisfaction at the rapid progress in the India-Israel strategic partnership in recent years.

“The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the rapid progress in the India-Israel Strategic Partnership in recent years, and agreed on the potential for further strengthening strategic cooperation in a variety of areas,” the statement said.The ties between India and Israel have been on an upswing in the last few years in a range of sectors, including defence, agriculture and water.