Israeli President to visit India to boost cooperation in various fields
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will be leading a high-profile delegation on a six-day visit to India in mid-November in order to boost cooperation in the field of security, education, cyber, energy, water and agriculture.
Informed sources said that Rivlin will meet President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan among the others during his visit.
Rivlin would be the second Israeli President who will be visiting India since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries in the year 1992 and his visit comes almost after a gap of 20 years since the former President Ezer Weizmann visited India in 1996-97.
Rivlin will lead a high-profile delegation of business leaders and academics during the six-day visit to India.
While, expressing his interest in visiting India following the historic visit of Mr, Mukherjee last year to Israel, he had earlier said that “the cooperation between the two countries has to be something that is said all over.”
Modi’s visit to Jerusalem
Speculation are there that the Israeli President’s visit would further pave the way for Modi’s visit to Jerusalem, the first by an Indian Prime Minister, and is most likely to take place next year when the two countries will be celebrating their 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who on Sunday during a cabinet meeting has mentioned about Rivlin’s forthcoming visit of Rivlin to India, is most likely to visit New Delhi next year.
Israel is also very keen on further strengthening ties between academic institutions in the two countries. The Israeli President in the past has also complimented the Indian students in Israel, saying that “they are among the best” of the lot.
The Indo-Israel bilateral trade has also registered a remarkable growth reaching a figure of almost USD 5 billion starting from a humble USD 200 million in 1992.