Israeli President To Visit India Next Week

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (C-R) and his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee (C-L) review the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential compound in Jerusalem on October 14, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)

The Times of Israel reports: President Reuven Rivlin is to travel to India for an official visit next week, his office said Wednesday in a sign of increasingly close relations between the two countries.

Rivlin was invited by his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee “in order to strengthen the cooperation and the fruitful relations between the two countries,” a statement from Rivlin’s office said.

It follows a visit by Mukherjee last year to Israel.

Indian media reported that the trip was likely to pave the way for a historic first visit of an Indian prime minister to Israel.

During the week-long visit starting November 14, Rivlin will meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, and other Indian leaders.

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