This would be his first visit to India in his capacity as Prime Minister

Prime Minister of Israel Naftali Bennett will pay a three-day visit to India starting from April 3, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced on Tuesday.

This visit by Bennett, his first to India in his capacity as Prime Minister, would take place on the occasion of the commemoration of 30 years of full diplomatic relations between India and Israel and 75 years of India’s independence, the MEA said.

“The visit by the Prime Minister of Israel is expected to further strengthen our excellent bilateral cooperation in diverse areas, including in agriculture, water, trade, education and science and technology,” the MEA noted.

Prime Minister Bennet will be visiting India at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The two leaders had earlier met on the sidelines of COP 26 in Glasgow in November 2021. They also had a telephonic conversation on August 16 last year.

India and Israel had elevated their bilateral relationship to a strategic partnership during the historic visit of Prime Minister Modi to Israel in July 2017.

Since then, the two countries have continued to deepen their strategic partnership, with a focus on innovation and research as two knowledge-based economies, the MEA pointed out.