Pranab Mukherjee is the 1st Indian President to address Israeli Parliament Knesset (Download PDF)


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Pranab Mukherjeebecame first Indian President to address Israeli Parliament Knesset. Pranab Mukherjee addressed the Knesset as last leg of his authorized visit to 3 countries of west Asia viz. Jordan, Palestine and Israel. He is also the first Indian President to make a state visit Israel.

His address to Knesset:

  • India’s policy was to build a strong, mutually beneficial and functional relationship with Israel and thus, he himself went to visit and address Knesset.
  • There is no other option to resolve conflicts other than negotiation anf thus both thew countries agreed.
  • There was a peaceful settlement as a long term measure.
  • It Condemned all forms of violence and India always sought a peaceful resolution of disputes.
  • Both countries also signed agreements on double taxation avoidance, cultural exchange and academic fields.

About Pranab Mukherjee:

  • Pranab was born in a Bengali Brahmin family on 11 December 1935 and is the current president of india
  • He was a high - ranking leader of the Indian National Congress and occupied several ministerial portfolios in the Government of India.
  • His political career began in 1969.
  • Mukherjee became a Gandhi supporter, and is regularly described as “man for all seasons”.
  • He was elected as Defense Minister, Foreign Minister, Commerce Minister, Finance Minister and secured many other positions as well.

- Published/Last Modified on: October 16, 2015

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