Netanyahu thanks Modi for congratulatory message on forming new govt in Israel

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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for congratulating him on forming the government for a record fifth time and vowed to continue to “strengthen” the “important” bilateral relationship. Israel’s new government was sworn in on Sunday under Netanyahu, bringing an end to the longest political deadlock in the country’s history which saw a caretaker government in charge for over 500 days and three back-to-back general elections with no clear verdict.The vote of confidence in the new government was passed with 73 votes in favour and 46 against in the Knesset (Israeli Parliament).

“Thank you my dear friend the Prime Minister of India! We will continue to strengthen the important relationship between us,” Netanyahu tweeted in Hebrew, responding to Modi’s message on Sunday.

Earlier, Modi was among the first global leaders to congratulate Netanyahu on the formation of his coalition government after months of political uncertainty.“Mazal Tov (congratulations) my friend @netanyahu for forming your fifth government in Israel,” Modi wrote on Twitter in Hebrew and English. 

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