New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on the telephone on Monday, Feb 1, and assured him India accords the highest importance to safety and security of Israeli diplomats. Prime Minister Modi conveyed his strong condemnation of the terror attack near the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi on 29 January. He assured Prime Minister Netanyahu that India accords the highest importance to the safety and security of Israeli diplomats and premises, and would deploy "all its resources" to find and punish the perpetrators. Both leaders expressed satisfaction about the close coordination between Indian and Israeli security agencies in this context, an MEA statement said here. The two leaders also briefed each other about the progress of the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in their respective countries. Both sides also discussed the possibilities of further collaboration in this area. It may be mentioned that External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and NSA Ajit Doval had also spoken to their respective counterparts and had given them similar assurances. Dr Jaishankar had told his counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi that the incident was under investigation and no effort will be spared to find the culprits. A low-intensity blast took place near the Israeli embassy on APJ Abdul Kalam Road in New Delhi on Friday. No one was injured but three cars were damaged in the explosion.
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