Prime Minister Narendra Modi will script history next week when he travels to Israel on a three-day visit beginning July 4, the first Indian PM to step on Israeli soil, the foreign ministry announced on Wednesday.
The visit not only marks 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries but also a definite shift in New Delhi’s approach towards a country that has been its major arms supplier. India is the largest buyer of Israeli military equipment, while Israel is India’s largest customer after Russia.
The groundwork for the visit, which will see some big ticket defence deals, has been on for months. Among the pacts being finalised is a plan for Spike anti-tank missiles for the Indian army and Barak-8 air defence missiles for the navy valued at $ 1.5 billion.
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