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Indian president to make historic visit to Israel

143807881297989501a_bIndian President Pranab Mukherjee   Photo credit: Reuters

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee to visit Israel in October, a further illustration of the growing ties between the two countries • “We are at a very major turning point in which we are expanding and varying Israel’s markets,” PM Benjamin Netanyahu says.

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee will make a historic visit to Israel later this year, a further illustration the growing ties between the two countries. Mukherjee will be the first Indian president to visit Israel.

Indian media outlets reported last week that Mukherjee plans to travel to the Middle East on a trip starting October 9. Mukherjee’s 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.

For example, Israeli companies have won tenders issued as part of the Indian military’s modernization process.

The ties warmed further with the election last year of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


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