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Right to left: Indian External Affairs Ministry Foreign Secretary Shri Vijay Gokhale, Israeli Ambassador to India Malka, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, NSA Ben-Shabbat and Indian NSA Doval

National Security Adviser (NSA) Meir Ben-Shabbat returned Tuesday night (Jan. 15) from a visit from India during which he met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

During the visit, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by telephone with his Indian counterpart.


Ben-Shabbat flew to India on an Air India flight that passed through Saudi Arabian airspace. This air route had been agreed to by prime ministers Netanyahu and Modi.

The Israeli National Security Adviser was the guest of Indian National Security Adviser Adjit Doval. He also held a series of meetings with senior Indian Defense Ministry, Foreign Ministry and security organization officials.

Among the topics discussed were issues related to bilateral relations, including the advancing of security deals. Additional measures were agreed to on advancing security, technology and civilian-economic cooperation between Israel and India.

Regional issues were also discussed. Ben-Shabbat briefed his interlocutors on Iran’s efforts to entrench itself militarily in Syria and its actions that undermine regional stability.

Ben-Shabbat was accompanied by Israeli Ambassador to India Dr. Ron Malka and Defense Attache Col. Efraim Defrain.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.