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#Globetrotter: Modi to become first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel

Narendra Modi will become the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel.

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj revealed that Mr Modi will travel to the Jewish state at a “convenient” date to further strengthen defence cooperation between the two countries.

Israel has become a major supplier of defence technology to India – from high-tech missile technology to the world’s most advanced airborne radar system. 

Bilateral cooperation has become so important for India that Mr Modi’s government has indicated it is open to re-evaluating its policy on the issue of Palestine.

While India recognized the state of Israel in 1950, it has also long supported the cause of a Palestinian state.

Ms Swaraj said she will visit Israel, Palestine and Jordan later this year while Mr Modi’s visit would be planned for a “mutually convenient date”.

Describing Israel as a friendly country, Swaraj said India had never “let down” the Palestinian cause and it will continue to support it.

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