Army Chief`s visit to Israel likely to be deferred
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Last Updated: Monday, February 27, 2012, 20:37
  
New Delhi: In view of the prevailing security situation in West Asia, the Defence Ministry is likely to defer Gen V K Singh's three-day visit to Israel scheduled to start from March 16.

Gen Singh was scheduled to visit Tel Aviv to discuss and review the existing and future military programmes between the two countries.

The Army Chief is likely to be asked to defer the visit to the next half of the year in view of the present situation there, Defence Ministry sources said here.

This would mean that it would be the new Army Chief who will go to Israel as Gen V K Singh is scheduled to retire on May 31.

In recent times, there have been tensions between Israel and Iran over the attacks on Israeli diplomats in foreign countries.

During his visit, the Army Chief is supposed to discuss with his Israeli counterpart the future joint development of defence programmes.

Defence cooperation between India and Israel has been burgeoning since diplomatic relations between New Delhi and Tel Aviv were established in 1992.

The ties have become stronger in the recent times with India emerging as the largest purchaser of Israeli defence hardware since the beginning of the 21st Century.

PTI


First Published: Monday, February 27, 2012, 20:37


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