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PM Modi Becomes First Indian Prime Minister To Visit Israel

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| July 4 , 2017 , 08:01 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to become the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel, as he departs for a 3-day visit on Tuesday. His Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu will personally receive PM Modi at the airport, a gesture so far reserved only for the Pope and recently the US President Donald Trump.

"I begin a historic visit to Israel, a very special partner of India's... As the first Indian prime minister to do so, I am greatly looking forward to this unprecedented visit that will bring our two countries and people closer," PM Modi said in a statement.

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During the meet, PM Modi and Israeli PM Netanyahu will be discussing common challenges and ways to boost economic ties between the nations.

PM Modi said that he would be having "in-depth talks" with 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."

Also, PM Modi will be meeting President of Israel Reuven Ruvi Rivlin and with the Indian diaspora.

"My programme during the visit gives me an opportunity to engage with a cross-section of Israeli society. I am particularly looking forward to interacting with the large vibrant Indian diaspora in Israel that represents an enduring link between our two peoples," PM Modi said.

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"I will join with leading Indian and Israeli CEOs and start-ups to discuss our shared priority of expanding business and investment collaboration on the ground," he added.

PM Modi will also visit the Yad Vashem Memorial Museum to honour the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and pay his respects to the courageous Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during the liberation of Haifa in 1918.

After PM Modi's visit to Israel, he is scheduled to attend the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. The theme of the summit for 2017 is 'Shaping an Inter- Connected World'.

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