Indian PM embarks on two-nation tour of Israel and Germany

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-04 14:59:33|Editor: MJ
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NEW DELHI, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday embarked on a historic tour of Israel, the first-ever visit to the Jewish state by an Indian premier.

Modi will be in Israel from July 4 to July 6 on the occasion of the establishment of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

During his stay in the Jewish state, Modi will have detailed discussions with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and call on President Reuven Rivlin.

On the eve of his visit, Modi described India's ties with Israel as special as he said that terrorism and trade will be on the table during talks with Netanyahu.

"Tomorrow, I begin a historic visit to Israel, a very special partner of India's... As the first Indian prime minister to do so, I am greatly looking forward to this unprecedented visit that will bring our two countries and people closer," Modi said in a statement Monday.

He also tweeted: "I look forward to holding extensive talks with my friend, @IsraeliPM @netanyahu, who shares a commitment for vibrant India-Israel ties".

On the economic front, Modi hoped of bringing in Israeli investments into this country.

"I will join with leading Indian and Israeli CEOs and start-ups to discuss our shared priority of expanding business and investment collaboration on the ground," he said.

During the final leg of his tour, Modi will travel to Germany for the 12th G20 summit in Hamburg, which is slated for July 7 and July 8.