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Indian President Pranab Mukherjee to make Historic Visit to Israel

Many are hailing the visit as a further illustration of the growing ties between the two countries

By: JNS.org

Published: July 28th, 2015 in News » World

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee to make Historic Visit to Israel

Photo: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee


Indian President Pranab Mukherjee will become the first holder of his office to visit Israel later this year, a further illustration of the growing ties between the two countries. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will do the same this year.

Mukherjee plans to begin his Middle East trip on Oct. 9. According to Indian media reports, his first stop will be Jordan, followed by the Palestinian Authority. He will then arrive in Israel.

Since its founding, India has had close relations with the Arab world. But recent years have seen a gradual rapprochement between Jerusalem and New Delhi, manifested by increased security cooperation.

In February, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon visited India, where the two countries finalized a major defense deal worth more than $1.5 billion.

Modi also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. Reports have indicated that Modi is considering a shift in his country’s pro-Palestinian stance at the U.N.

Reprinted via JNS.org

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