Modi becomes first Indian PM to visit to Israel

RSTV Bureau

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left for  Tel Aviv in Israel on Tuesday morning. This is the first ever trip by an Indian Prime Minister to the Jewish state.

Modi is expected to reach Israel at 6 pm (Indian time) and will be received by his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior ministers at the airport.

Modi, the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel, will undertake a three-day trip to the Jewish nation till July 6 before travelling to Hamburg in Germany to attend the G-20 Summit.

In Israel, he will also meet President Reuven Ruvi Rivlin and address the CEOs of the two countries as well as the Indian diaspora.

He will also visit the Yad Vashem Memorial Museum to honour the memory of the victims of the holocaust.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu

 

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Prime Minister said, “I am greatly looking forward to this unprecedented visit that will bring our two countries and people closer.”

This year, India and Israel are marking 25 years of diplomatic relations.

“I will have in-depth talks with Prime Minister Netanyahu on the full spectrum of our partnership and strengthening it in diverse fields for mutual benefit. We will also have the chance to discuss major common challenges like terrorism,” Modi said.

Before leaving for Tel Aviv, Modi also spoke about India’s stand on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

“India believes in a two-state solution in which both Israel and a future Palestinian state coexist peacefully, ” PM Modi said on Monday.