Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India will travel to Israel — the first visit by a sitting Indian head of state.
The visit was announced on Sunday during a news conference with the Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, India’s media has reported. No dates were announced.
An Indian delegation is scheduled to visit in July, after which the prime minister’s visit will be set, according to reports.
“As far as prime minister’s visit is concerned, he will travel to Israel. No dates have been finalised. It will take place as per mutually convenient dates,” Swaraj said.
The Israeli ambassador to India, Daniel Carmon, lauded the announcement: “High level visits between both countries… are a natural ingredient of tightening relationship between Israel and India,” Carmon was quoted as saying, according to The Hindu newspaper.
Swaraj also announced that she would travel to Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan later this year.
Israel and India have had full diplomatic relations since 1992. Trade between the two countries equals about $5 billion a year, with India the largest buyer of Israeli military equipment, according to the Hindustan Times. The two nations have also been working closely in recent months on joint counter terrorism efforts.