Israel expecting high-profile visits from India

A number of high-profile visits from India to Israel are planned in the coming months even as External Affairs Minister SM Krishna wrapped up a productive two-day visit here Wednesday.

Updated: Jan 11, 2012, 14:58 PM IST

Jerusalem: A number of high-profile visits
from India to Israel are planned in the coming months even as External Affairs Minister S M Krishna wrapped up a productive
two-day visit here Wednesday.

According to official sources, former minister of state
for external affairs Shashi Tharoor and his wife Sunanda
Pushkar are scheduled to come around this month end.

The sources said the couple is coming in their personal
capacity to attend a conference.

Following them would be Union Minister of Urban
Development Kamal Nath, who is likely to visit Israel in mid February.
In May, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal
is likely to visit Israel followed by Tourism Minister Sobodh
Kant Sahay.

While, diplomatic relations with Israel was set up only
20 years ago, the ties have seen a huge surge especially in
the last few years.

Krishna`s visit was also the first visit by an Indian Foreign Minister in 11 years.
Sources said both India and Israel are looking at each others as partners especially in the field of agriculture,
irrigation, water conservation, renewable energy, defence and
homeland security.

Even though India has supported Palestine on a number of
international forums, its friendship with Israel has also
flourished.

"Our relationship with country does not affect our ties with the others. We have stated position on international issues," a diplomatic source said.

PTI