India's NSA Doval Meets Israeli PM Netanyahu Ahead of Modi Visit

Leslie Dixon
March 5, 2017

Modi's Israel visit will be historic as he will become the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the country but it was expected that, like many Indian ministers in the past, he too would include Palestine in his itinerary.

President Pranab Mukherjee addressed the Israeli Parliament during his visit in October, 2015.

It is expected that Modi will also sign defense deals with Israel during his visit.

Modi's visit to Israel will come 2 years after it was first announced by foreign minister Sushma Swaraj in 2015.

India's relations with Israel have made steady progress since the two countries established diplomatic relations 25 years ago in January 1992, irrespective of the party in power in New Delhi, but a prime ministerial visit to Israel has been long-awaited. Earlier this week, sources in the Ministry of External Affairs had indicated that the visit could take place somewhere around June. His first travel overseas this year is expected in June, to Moscow.

Carmon also said the two sides are working on "every possible area of cooperation".

Since the upgradation of relations in 1992, defence and agriculture have been the main pillars of bilateral engagement. Political ties between the two countries are friendly.

He also cited the visit of President Pranab Mukherjee to Israel in October, 2015, followed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's visit to the Jewish nation early a year ago.

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval held talks with senior Israeli officials in Jerusalem today ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official visit to the country this summer.

"We are trying to establish a programme under our Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) project". Sinha said Israel sits in an area of great concern and interest to India.

The only visit of an Israeli Prime Minister to India happened in 2003 when Ariel Sharon visited New Delhi. Though India remains wary of how the Arab world will see its ties with Israel, the Modi govement has been more open about its ties with the Jewish state.

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