Pranab Mukherjee returns to Delhi, calls visit successful

RSTV Bureau
Jerusalem: President Pranab Mukherjee during the banquet hosted by the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin at President House, Jerusalem. The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu is also seen. PTI Photo

Jerusalem: President Pranab Mukherjee during the banquet hosted by the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin at President House, Jerusalem. The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu is also seen. PTI Photo

President Pranab Mukherjee is back in India from his 3-nation tour of Jordan, Palestine and Israel.

On successfully wrapping up his six-day state visit, the President said that the tour has helped India deepen mutually beneficial relations with them.

“I return with the conviction that the governments of all the three countries are keen to take relations with India to much higher levels. India will actively work towards enhancing our partnership with Jordan, Palestine and Israel in the days to come,” said President Mukherjee.

The President also said that he had condemned the recent incidents of violence and terrorism and called for peaceful resolution of all disputes in India’s “extended neighbourhood”.

On coming back, President Mukherjee also said that he had briefed the leaders of all the three countries on the steps being taken by the Indian government in various fields, which could lead to cooperation in bilateral, regional and international forums with India.

The President flew back to Delhi from Tel Aviv in Israel, late on Thursday night. In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted a lunch for him and remarked that the future of the bilateral ties is “limitless”.

Seeking partnership in new initiatives, Netanyahu said that the “future belongs to those who innovate”.

“The future belongs to those who innovate rapidly and only they can ensure future prosperity to their people. If we work together and we can combine our strengths, we will be able to position better in the global market,” the Israeli Premier said.

PM Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and other Parliamentarians from Israel have been invited to India, revealed President Mukherjee to reporters on board the special flight back home.

“President Rivlin accepted my invitation and confirmed his intention to do so at an early date. I also invited Israeli Parliamentarians to come to India and engage with their Indian counterparts,” President Mukherjee said.

Both India and Israel are keen to strengthen their ties further, explained President Mukherjee. Meanwhile, speculation is rife that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will follow the President’s footsteps and visit Israel next year in 2016.

President Mukherjee was the Indian head of state to visit Jordan, Palestine and Israel.

(With inputs from PTI)