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India-Israel Relations Flourish: Indian PM Modi Expected To Make Historic Visit

02 March 2017 By Efraim Roseman

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is preparing to visit Israel this summer. It will be the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the Jewish nation.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met yesterday with Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval in the context of these preparations. The Financial Express has noted sources as "hinting" that the visit could be as early as June.

At the unveiling ceremony in Delhi for the logo to mark 25 years of diplomatic relations, Indian Secretary for Economic Relations Amar Singh noted that efforts are being made to expand Israel-India relations to an ever more "multi-dimensional relationship". Additionally, Sinha said that a series of events, including visits by business delegations and academic meetings, have been planned by the two countries in celebration.

Prime Minister Netanyahu seems likely to make his first ever visit by an Israeli Prime Minister to India by the end of 2017; President Reuven Rivlin visited this past November and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee was in Israel in October.