NSA Doval meets Israel’s Netanyahu, talks about hostage release and Gaza crisis

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel on Monday to discuss regional developments and the urgent need to resolve the humanitarian aid crisis in Gaza. The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office told X: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met today with Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and briefed him on recent developments in the fighting in the Gaza Strip. Both sides agreed to support efforts to rescue the hostages and Also discussed the issue of humanitarian aid.

The Israeli PMO further said, “The meeting was also attended by the Director of the National Security Council, the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and the Indian Ambassador to Israel.”

Doval also met his Israeli counterpart Tajik Hanegbi, who was present at the meeting with PM Netanyahu.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi maintains regular contacts with leaders of the region such as the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan and is actively involved in dialogue aimed at promoting regional peace and stability.

India has supported efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian population in Gaza, including delivery of essential supplies.

Earlier on Sunday, Netanyahu announced his decision to launch a military operation in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, according to CNN, stressing that Israel wants to ensure that acts like October 7 do not happen again.

“We’re going to go there. We’re not going to go there. You know, I have a red line. You know what the red line is? That October 7th will never happen again. There will never happen again. And to do that, CNN We must complete the destruction of the Hamas terrorist army, he said in its report.