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With June visit, Modi will be first Indian PM in Israel


This would be the first visit by an Indian PM to the Jewish nation.

India's economy is forecast to slow less than estimated as banks work to replace cash sucked out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's shock clampdown in November.

The Secretary said that to mark the 25 years of diplomatic ties, a series of events were being organised both in India and Israel These include exchange of high-level political visits and visits by business delegations. President Pranab Mukherjee visited Israel in October 2015 in what was the first such visit by an Indian Head of State to Israel.

Israel and Palestine were also clubbed together in the travel itinerary for Indian external affairs ministers, including for Sushma Swaraj during her visit in January 2016. New Delhi established full diplomatic relationship with Israel in 1992 though it had recognised the country in 1950.

The Israel-India relationship has flourished recently.

The visit is likely to take place sometime in June. He also cited the visit of President Pranab Mukherjee to Israel in October, 2015, followed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's visit to the Jewish nation early past year.

Modi's visit, it is understood, is being anxiously awaited in Israel, given the "close chemistry" he has with his Israeli counterpart.

The team won the tournament, held across India from January 28 to February 12, after defeating Pakistan in the final match in Bengaluru.

"We are constantly trying to make it a more multi-dimensional relationship", Sinha said.

"While we get a lot of Israeli tourists, we would also like retired Israeli professors to spend a semester here in India teaching", Sinha said.

Speaking on the occasion, Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon said that the first 25 years of diplomatic ties would serve as the foundation for the next 25 years.

Modi's visit is likely to have a substantive agenda to foster research, development and innovation, with the joint development of projects, including defence equipment, under "Make in India" being among the takeaways.