Indian Foreign Minister Subramanyam Jaishankar will embark upon an official visit to Israel starting from coming Sunday (17-10-21), during which he will hold discussions with his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid to further fortify the strategic relationship between both countries.

This will be his first visit to the country as the External Affairs Minister.

The Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement on Saturday saying that Mr Jaishankar will pay an official visit to Israel from October 17-21 at the invitation of Prime Minister Naftali Bennet and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

Both the parties will participate in a bilateral meeting. Mr Jaishankar will also meet President Isaac Herzog, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, and Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy during his visit.

India and Israel uplifted bilateral relations to a strategic partnership during the noteworthy visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel in July 2017.

Since then, the relationship between the two countries has focused on expanding knowledge-based partnership, which includes collaboration in innovation and research, including boosting the ‘Make in India’ initiative, the MEA has said.

During his visit, Mr Jaishankar will interact with the Indian-origin Jewish community in Israel, Indologists, Indian students who are currently pursuing their education in the Israeli universities, and business people, including from the hi-tech industries, the statement said.

The visit will also be an occasion to pay tribute to the valiant Indian soldiers who laid their lives in the region, especially during the First World War, it added.

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