Indian PM’s historic visit marking 25 years of relations approaches

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will land in Israel on Tuesday of next week, becoming the first Indian prime minister to visit the country. During his stay in Israel, he will meet with Israeli leaders and visit the Indian Cemetery in Haifa.
Rivlin and Modi Photo Credit: EPA

Next week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make a historic trip to Israel, becoming the first Indian prime minister to visit the country. His two-day visit will begin on Tuesday when he lands at Ben-Gurion Airport.

During his time in Israel, Modi will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in order to discuss “all matters of mutual interest,” according to a press release from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. Modi will also sit down with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, visit the Indian Cemetery in Haifa and attend an event in Tel Aviv for the local Indian community.

Modi’s visit marks 25 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and India. “India established diplomatic relations with Israel in 1992 and since then the relationship has evolved into a multi-dimensional partnership,” the ministry added in its press release.

Over the past few months, India and Israel have strengthened their relationship, especially in the field of defense. Last month, Israel Aerospace Industries announced that it signed a $630 million contract with the Indian Navy. According to the deal, the state-owned Israeli company will provide four Indian Navy ships with air and defense missile systems.

In April, IAI signed a deal with India, which states that it will provide the Indian Army with the Barak 8 air defense system. The deal is worth $1.6 billion and is the largest deal that the Israeli defense industry has signed.

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