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In a first, Prime Minister Modi likely to visit Israel this year

08:51 AM May 30, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

New Delhi : PM Modi is expected to visit Israel by the middle of this year, a first by any Indian Prime Minister to the Jewish nation. Amar Sinha, Secretary (Economic Relations), said the Prime Minister’s visit is on cards but declined to divulge details. Sources in the Ministry of External Affairs indicated the visit could take place somewhere around June.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is also likely to visit India this year. The two nations are celebrating 25 years of diplomatic ties. Sinha said although both the countries have cooperation in the defence and the security sectors, “conscious” efforts are being made to make it a “multi-dimensional relationship”, and not merely “unifocal”.

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Daniel Carmon, Israel’s envoy to India, said PM Modi’s visit is likely to be in the “summer”, but he too did not go into details. Carmon also said the two sides are working on “every possible area of cooperation”. He, however, refused to comment on cooperation in the field of defence.

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When Modi visits the Jewish nation, both the countries are expected to hold talks in areas ranging from agriculture to defence to cyber security and innovations.

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