PM Narendra Modi to boost ties with Israel during 3-day visit next week

Modi and Netanyahu will hold talks on ways to increase cooperation in key strategic areas, and are expected to sign a slew of agreements in the fields of innovation, development, science, technology and space.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 28, 2017 9:56 pm
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Narendra Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel on July 4. His three-day visit will boost bilateral ties in areas of mutual interest between the two countries, the External Affairs Ministry said on Wednesday. Modi’s visit will also commemorate 25 years of establishment of diplomatic ties between India and Israel, reported news agency PTI.

Modi will be received by his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu at the airport and a “top protocol team” of Israelis from various sectors including rabbis. According to Israeli Ambassador Daniel Carmon, this gesture is only accorded to the Pope and the US President. Netanyahu will host a dinner for Modi on July 4.

Carmon said Modi’s visit is of “unprecedented importance with bilateral ties going through changing paradigm and changed architecture where there is no zero sum game and commitments and good relations with both sides can be maintained without contradiction”, which refers to India’s ties with Israel and the Arab countries.

Modi and Netanyahu will hold talks on ways to increase cooperation in key strategic areas, and are expected to sign a slew of agreements in the fields of innovation, development, science, technology and space. A MoU with the Uttar Pradesh government is likely to be penned between the leaders, to clean up a part of the Ganga and setting up an industrial research and development fund of $40 million. Apart from this, he will also pay homage to Indian soldiers at the Indian cemetery in Haifa.

“This significant visit, the first of an Indian prime minister to Israel, takes place on the backdrop of marking 25 years of diplomatic relations between India and Israel, and will further upgrade the ever-growing partnership between the two countries,” the Israeli embassy said.

Modi is also expected to meet 26/11 Mumbai terror attack survivor Holtzberg Moshe. He was only two years old when he was saved by his Indian nanny Sandra Samuel. His parents, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah were among the eight Israeli nationals killed in the attacks.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    Col.Sandhu
    Jun 29, 2017 at 6:32 am
    Modi has little education and global exposure is propped up by the Jews. Israel is a lap-dog of the USA. Not bad to make friends with Israel but also work for an independent Palestinian State. The Jews and Arabs are cousins and Semites they should live in harmony. Indian people have values thus Modi should push for an independent state for Palestinians. Also Modi should be careful that the Jews do not make him wear a skull cap or even suggest circumcision. As the Jews are pushing circumcision via fabricated data. A good idea to do trade with Israel the U.S. Jewish lobby which runs the politics of Israel from the East Coast of USA will be happy as well.
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      Narsingh
      Jun 29, 2017 at 5:20 am
      No state elections within next one month. So he is roaming around the world. what a bak waas chor.
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        Rohit Chopra
        Jun 29, 2017 at 5:30 am
        He is Prime Minister, do you madrch0d bhaand will tell him what to do and when?
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          Pissonbammans
          Jun 29, 2017 at 6:29 am
          simple answer for d(o)ng like you, go s cuck mod i d c k. g a)y chop da
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        rajan
        Jun 29, 2017 at 3:54 am
        It appears that Modi is out with a vengeance to compensate for the loss of time that he suffered in travel bans imposed on him by the international community for his misdeeds in 2002. He has been traveling so often in high profile visits that he can now be officially designated as the first NRI PM of India.
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          dv1936
          Jun 29, 2017 at 4:17 am
          Modi is world leader, India should be proud of him.
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          Deshu
          Jun 29, 2017 at 3:48 am
          Making friendship with Israel is far better than making friendship USA or any european Country. It can give better guidance in defence matter. India needs honest and sincere friends to serve interest of both.
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            dv1936
            Jun 29, 2017 at 3:35 am
            A welcome development, good for both
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              Sridhar
              Jun 29, 2017 at 1:48 am
              Just as Islamic Pakistan BD are on Occupied Hindu land, Sameway all the Middle East Muslim countries are on the occupied Jewish land. In Middle East , Judaism came first , then came Christianity , then came Islam. Just as all the Muslims of Indian sub continent are converted from Hindus by force, Same way all the Muslims of Middle East are forcibly converted from Jews. Islam Muslims always survive on loot
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                Sridhar
                Jun 29, 2017 at 1:40 am
                Jews Israel , both love Hindus because they see Hindus as their best friends . Hindus are only nicest people who never harmed jews
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                  P
                  Jun 29, 2017 at 2:18 am
                  And that why you brahmins sided with N A Z Is? And use Swastik as your symbol!
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                    Rohit Chopra
                    Jun 29, 2017 at 5:31 am
                    Yeh teri ammi kee ch00t ki library mein koi book hai?
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                  Rohit Chandavarker
                  Jun 29, 2017 at 1:16 am
                  PM Modi's visit coincides with the 25th year of restoration of diplomatic ties with Israel. Despite India's close relations with Israel, no Indian PM has visited Israel for fear of antagonising the Arab world, notwithstanding the fact that many Arab nations have opened lines of communication with Tel Aviv, including Saudi Arabia. Thefast changing developments in the Middle East has given way to pragmatism on the Sunnis making them amenable to opening ties with Israel with the common aim of containing Shiite Iran. India has always maintained equidistance between Israel Palestine on a overt basis. Modi will not be visiting Palestine thus de-hyphenating the equation. One suspects that a deal for Heron armed drones is likely to be inked along with a slew of deals including on cyber security. The close defence security ties will be further strengthened. This visit would mark a turning point in our relations.
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