New Delhi: Shedding decade old policies and rusting foreign policies pursued by the Indian leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will become the first Indian PM to visit Israel.
While dates are yet to be finalized, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj announced that she will be visiting Israel later this year along with Palestine and Jordan.
Presenting an annual wrap-up of her ministry’s work for the first year, Swaraj also clarified that there was no decision on a cricket series with Pakistan after all and that the Modi government’s diplomacy had resulted in 39% growth in FDI pouring into India in the past year.
Modi’s visit to Israel is almost a foregone conclusion. There aren’t many world leaders he refers to as “my friend”, which is a regular prefix he uses for Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu was also the only bilateral meeting he had on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last year.
India recognized Israel in 1950 but soon after voted against it in the UN. Diplomatic ties were established by Narasimha Rao’s government in 1991, though there had been some unofficial contacts earlier, as in the famous visits by Moshe Dayan.