Modi becomes first Indian PM to visit Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the visit, which marks 25 years since the two countries established diplomatic relations, a “further expression of the state of Israel's military, economic and diplomatic strength.”
“This is a very significant step in strengthening relations between the two countries,” the Israeli leader said.
Israeli media reports that the two countries see more than $1 billion in defence deals each year.
Israel inks $630 million defence deal with India 02:23 AM | 22 May, 2017
Israel announced on Sunday it had reached a deal worth $630 million to provide India's navy with missile defence ...
The deal will see IAI provide India with an advanced defence system of medium-range surface-to-air missiles, launchers and communications technology It later announced a deal worth $630m to provide India's navy with missile defence systems.
Modi will apparently not travel to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian leaders during his three-day stay, as is common for many foreign dignitaries.
He did, however, meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in New Delhi in May this year.
Last week Modi, a Hindu nationalist, made a visit to Washington, where he and US President Donald Trump embraced each other as friends, vowing to work more closely on combatting terrorism, the war in Afghanistan and defence cooperation.
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