PM Modi visit to Israel will script history, says Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

DN Bureau

PM Benjamin Netanyahu said, “In the 70 years of [Israel’s] existence, no Indian prime minister has ever visited and this is a further expression of the state of Israel’s military, economic and diplomatic strength….Ties between Israel and India are on a constant upswing.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (File Photo)

Jerusalem: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi's upcoming visit to Israel, the first by an Indian premier, as a "very significant step" in strengthening bilateral relations that are on a "constant upswing".

In a big fillip to already robust ties, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to land in Israel on July 4 on a three-day visit.

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Netanyahu, while speaking at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting, said, "Next week, the Indian Prime Minister, my friend, Narendra Modi will arrive in Israel, This is a historic visit to Israel. In the 70 years of the country's existence, no Indian Prime Minister has ever visited and this is further expression of the state of Israel's military, economic and diplomatic strength." 



"This is a very significant step in strengthening relations between the two countries," Netanyahu said.

India is a huge country with over 1.25 billion people and is one of the world's largest, growing economies. Ties between Israel and India are on a "constant upswing", the Israeli premier said.

 

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Modi's visit is aimed at commemorating 25 years of establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Modi would be arriving in Israel on July 4 and is likely to meet Netanyahu the same day in the evening. He would also be addressing the Indian community the following day in Tel Aviv. (With PTI inputs)

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