Source: News Bharati English02 Mar 2017 17:10:57

Jerusalem, March 2: National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval has held talks with Israel's top leadership here in the capital as a part of preparations for PM Narendra Modi's likely visit, the first by an Indian premier to the Jewish country.

In preparation for Modi's historical visit to Israel, Doval was on a two-day visit to the country. He landed in Israel yesterday and called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his Jerusalem office.

He also met his counterpart, Israel's acting NSA and Head of the National Security Council, Brig. Gen. (Retd.) Jacob Nagel. The discussions "revolved around PM Modi's expected visit this summer,” officials here told sources.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the commencement of India and Israel’s diplomatic relations, Modi will be visiting the country. Earlier this week, sources in the Ministry of External Affairs had indicated that the visit could take place somewhere around June.

New Delhi had formally recognised Israel on September 17, 1950. Embassies were opened in 1992 when full diplomatic relations were established.

Modi's likely visit to Israel comes after a number of high-level bilateral visits in recent years. President Pranab Mukherjee visited Israel in October 2015, followed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's visit to the Jewish nation last year.

Last November, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin also visited India. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to visit India this year.

NSA Doval left for India this morning.