Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be paying a reciprocal visit to India in January next year. Earlier in 2002, then PM Ariel Sharon had visited New Delhi.
Israeli PM Netanyahu visit comes in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's three-day trip to the Jewish state earlier in July.
Modi became the first Prime Minister from India to visit Israel in the last 70 years. During his three-day stay here, several agreements were signed between the two countries on areas including space, tech and agriculture.
Before 2003, Israeli President Ezer Weizmann had visited India in 1997. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin had paid a visit to India last November.
Speaking at an event to mark ‘25 Years of India-Israel Relations’ organised at the Vivekananda International Foundation here earlier, Amar Sinha, secretary, economic affairs (now retired), had said that Netanyahu will pay a visit to India by year end.
India and Israel enjoy an extensive economic, military, and strategic relationship. India is the largest buyer of Israeli military equipment and Israel is the second-largest defence supplier to India after Russia.
Relationship between the two nations expanded after Narendra Modi took over as the Prime Minister of India in May 2014 with New Delhi refraining from voting against Jerusalem in the United Nations in several resolutions.