1. NSA advisor Ajit Doval concludes two-day visit to Israel, PM Narendra Modi to visit in July

NSA advisor Ajit Doval concludes two-day visit to Israel, PM Narendra Modi to visit in July

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval met Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his counterpart Brigadier General (retired) Jacob Nagel in Israel in order to lay groundwork for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in July this year. Doval is on a two-day visit to Tel Aviv.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 3, 2017 9:11 AM
The two nations are celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations this year. India formally recognised Israel on September 17, 1950, after which, it established an immigration office in Bombay (now, Mumbai). (PTI)

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval met Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his counterpart Brigadier General (retired) Jacob Nagel in Israel in order to lay groundwork for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in July this year. Doval is on a two-day visit to Tel Aviv.

He left for Israel on February 28 and is expected to be back today. With this visit, Narendra Modi will become the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel. The two nations are celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations this year. India formally recognised Israel on September 17, 1950, after which, it established an immigration office in Bombay (now, Mumbai). This was later converted into a trade office and subsequently into a Consulate.

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Embassies were opened in 1992 when full diplomatic relations were established. Since the upgradation of relations in 1992, defence and agriculture have been the main pillars of bilateral engagement. In recent years, ties have expanded to areas such as S&T, education and homeland security.

Political ties between the two countries are friendly. President Pranab Mukherjee visited Israel in October, 2015. Former Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President Ezer Weizmann visited India in 2003 and 1997 respectively. There have been frequent ministerial level exchanges in the recent past.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Israel in November, 2014, while the Israeli Agriculture and Defence Ministers visited India in January and February, 2015, respectively.

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    Murali
    Mar 3, 2017 at 4:27 am
    This is one country which is going to stand by us, not Russia, not USA. The congress and other pseudo secular parties deliberately gave no importance to this country to appease their vote banks here. Shame on them. Hope BJP corrects it and may we have a great relationship to counter the jehadis and commies
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