U.S. Jewish organization keen to work with Modi



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

American Jewish Committee expresses hope that India’s ties with the U.S. and Israel will strengthen further following elections.

Narendra Modi, prime minister-elect of India
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The American Jewish Committee congratulated India’s newly elected prime minister, Narendra Modi, and expressed hope that India’s ties with the countries ties with the U.S. and Israel will strengthen further, the Indian Express reported Sunday.

“We look forward to working with Modi and the new government to further strengthen and deepen India’s extensive relations with the United States and Israel,” Shira Loewenberg, director of AJC’s Asia Pacific Institute (API) was quoted in the report as saying.

She added that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been a longtime friend of Israel and the Jewish people. The AJC, which has engaged for years with successive Indian governments and works with the Jewish population in India, said to number around 4,500.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Modi on Friday to congratulate him. During their phone call, Netanyahu expressed his admiration for Indian democracy, and the two agreed to deepen cooperation between the two countries.

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Supporters of Narendra Modi raise their arms in victory as Modi addresses a public meeting in Vadodara, May 16, 2014. Photo by Reuters
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