Pune, June 22 (PTI) India and Israel are natural allies and the two countries must find a common ground to strengthen the relationship, said Daniel Carmon, Israel’s ambassador to India, here this evening. Also Read - Milkha Singh Stable in ICU, Gets Call From PM Narendra Modi

He was speaking at a programme organised by Pune International Centre to mark 25 years of Indo-Israeli diplomatic relationship. Also Read - Netanyahu To Be Ousted as Israel PM as Opponents Reach Coalition Deal to Form New Govt

Carmon delivered a lecture on `25 years of Growing Partnership and Beyond- a snapshot on India-Israel relationship and way forward’. Also Read - Multi-Millionaire Naftali Bennett Likely To Replace Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel PM

“The relationship between these two nations has been perceived as the low-key defence focused relationship. It was not strong and visible in the early years of association. But now our relations are expanding in other fields as well,” he said.

In sectors such as agriculture, healthcare, food security, technology, cyber security and entrepreneurship India and Israel can become natural partners, he said.

“If we take a look at the last 25 years, the world has evolved and so has the diplomatic relationship between India and Israel,” said Carmon.

Israeli firms are providing expertise in agriculture by setting up centres of excellence across India, he said.

He also pointed out that as much as ten per cent of the foreign students in Israel are from India.

“The expected visit of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel in the coming few weeks reflects the ascending relationship between these two countries. This visit will set the broader perspective to the ties between the two nations in the coming 25 years,” he said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.