Israel President Reuven Rivlin in India
While, terming India as a “close friend”, Israel President Reuven Rivlin has left for New Delhi on a six-day visit in order to further strengthen bilateral ties between these two countries that according to him were places of “innovation and inspiration.
Rivlin is arriving with a large delegation of businessmen and academics and will be joining President Pranab Mukherjee in opening an agro-tech conference situated in Chandigarh. He will also be holding meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and also visit several sites of cooperation and joint projects between these two countries.
Moreover, he will be paying his respects at the sites of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and also lay wreaths on the tomb of Mahatma Gandhi and at the memorial for Indian soldiers who fell in the WWI in combat in Israel and the Middle East.
Six Jews were killed at the Mumbai Chabad house at the time of Mumbai terror attacks which left more than 166 dead.
Rivlin will be accompanied with his wife
Reuven Rivlin, will be accompanied on the trip by his wife, will also hold meetings with senior Indian officials and with leaders of the Jewish community.
The academic delegation accompanying Rivlin includes the Presidents and senior representatives of 13 Israeli academic institutions who are further expected to sign 15 separate agreements between the Israeli and Indian educational institutions.
“The issue of international cooperation in higher education and the expansion of academic ties between Israel and the world – in particular with India – is one of the central aims of the multi-year plan for higher education in Israel,” said Yaffa Zilbershats, head the Council for Higher Education’s budget committee.
The expansion of the academic ties would further include student exchanges, joint research projects and the founding of some inter-institutional fora in order to promote academic cooperation between Israeli and India universities and colleges, he noted.
Rivlin, in the past, has also complimented the Indian students studying in Israel, saying “they are among the best” of the lot.