Surat, April 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that he is going to Israel in July on behalf of the diamond industry of the city and exhorted those in the trade to strive to become the numero uno in gems and jewellery sector.
Surat accounts for 80 per cent of polished diamonds exported from the country.
” I am the first Prime Minister to go to Israel, and I’m going there on your behalf.
You have trading relations with Israel,” Mr Modi said after inaugurating a diamond polishing facility here.
Earlier, he also inaugurated a hospital built by philanthropic diamond merchants of the city.