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Israel Prez arrives in Delhi, to hold talks with PM Modi

Updated: Nov 14, 2016 14:16 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov. 14 (ANI): Israel President Reuven Rivlin arrived here on Monday afternoon on an eight-day official visit to India at the invitation of his counterpart Pranab Mukherjee.

President Rivlin, who is accompanied by his spouse Nechama Rivlin and a high-level delegation comprising officials, academicians and business leaders, was received and welcomed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport by Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan.

"Filled with pride as I depart for State Visit to India to see how Israeli innovation is improving the lives of millions. Departing on a state visit to #India at the invitation of Pres. Mukherjee @RashtrapatiBhvn, with a delegation of industry, academic heads," tweeted President Rivlin before leaving for India.

The Israeli President first touched down in Mumbai this morning.

During his visit from November 14 to 21, President Rivlin will be meeting his Indian counterpart, who will also host a banquet in his honour. Later, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari would call on him.

On November 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold bilateral discussions with President Rivlin and will also host a lunch for him.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj would call on the visiting dignitary.

President Rivlin is expected to meet business leaders of both India and Israel. He will also be visiting 'Centre of Excellence' in agriculture in Karnal and participate in Agro Tech - 2016.

India and Israel enjoy excellent relations marked by strong ties in the areas of economy and commerce, science and technology, research and innovation, culture and tourism, education etc. (ANI)