Netanyahu is attending a renewable energy conference hosted by India

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended an international conference on solar energy hosted by India on Thursday.

Speaking at the digital conference of the International Solar Alliance, an international organization founded by India to promote solar-powered renewable energy, Netanyahu noted that 10 percent of Israel’s energy comes from the sun. By 2030, that figure is expected to rise to 30%, he said in a statement from his office.

“We want a future with less carbon, less pollution, a future based on green energy, so I welcome this crucial initiative from Prime Minister Modi and assure you that Israel is your partner in this quest,” Netanyahu said.

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“I believe that ingenuity and innovation is the most important renewable energy,” he added. “And all the countries that are represented here, starting with India and Israel, and all of you, are determined to grab innovation to grab the future. And I think we can all be very, very hopeful about that. ”

The conference was also attended by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and ministers from the UK, Denmark and India.

The Prime Minister’s Office said Netanyahu had been personally invited to participate in the event by his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. Netanyahu and Modi are close personal friends who often shower each other with public praise and good wishes. Netanyahu has posted a framed photo of himself as the Indian Prime Minister strolls barefoot on an Israeli beach in his Jerusalem office, where all visiting leaders can see him.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi visit the water desalination plant on Olga Beach on July 6, 2017. (Kobi Gideon / GPO)

Modi and Netanyahu have made official visits to each other’s countries. In September last year, Netanyahu canceled what would have been a one-day visit to India to meet with Modi less than a month before the Israeli elections.

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