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NEW DELHI – Prime Minister Narendra Modi will script history next week when he travels to Israel on a three-day visit beginning July 4, the first Indian PM to step on Israeli soil, the Indian foreign ministry announced on Wednesday.


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Modi will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over a period of two days to discuss “matters of mutual interest,” read a press release from India’s Ministry of External Affairs.

The two countries established full diplomatic relations in 1992. PM Modi and Mr Netanyahu did meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2014.

“In the 70 years of the country’s existence no Indian Prime Minister has ever visited and this is further expression of Israel’s strength,” Mr Netanyahu’s said before chairing a cabinet meeting on Monday that cleared multiple pacts to be signed with India next week.

“This is a very significant step in strengthening relations between the two countries. Ties between Israel & India are on a constant upswing,” Mr Netanyahu’s office tweeted.