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One UN Vote Doesn't Affect The Special Relationship Between Israel And India: PM Netanyahu

| January 15 , 2018 , 08:05 IST

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his first visit to India, on Sunday emphasised that India's vote backing the UN resolution against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would not affect ties between the two nations.

Terming the India-Israel relationship as a "marriage made in heaven", PM Netanyahu said that although they were "disappointed" by India's vote at the UN against the Jerusalem issue, one negative vote will not affect the ties between the two countries.

"Yes, naturally we were disappointed, but this visit is a testimony that our relationship is moving on so many fronts forward," the Israeli PM said, regarding India's vote at the UN.

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"I don't think one vote affects a general trend you can see in many other votes and these visits," he added.

"First of all, there is a special relationship between the two countries, between their people and then between the leaders. The partnership between India and Israel is a marriage made in heaven but consecrated on earth," Prime Minister Netanyahu said.

"Our defence relationship is quite significant and comprises many things. I think the key word here is defence. We want to defend ourselves, we are not aggressive nations. We are very committed to making sure that no one can commit an aggression against the either one of us," he said.

Israeli PM Netanyahu hailed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi "as a great leader", who was "impatient to bring future to his people".

The ties between India and Israel received a significant boost when PM Modi visited Israel in July 2017, the first ever Indian prime ministerial visit to the nation. However, last month in the United Nations General Assembly, India joined 127 other countries in voting for a resolution against US President Trump's recognition of the contested ancient city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.