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19 November 2017 - 1 Kislev 5778 - א' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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ISRAEL’S PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN MAKES OFFICIAL VISIT TO INDIA WITH A DELEGATION E-mail

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, together with his wife Nechama Rivlin, made an official visit to India from 14 to 21 November. The President was also accompanied by a highlevel delegation of government officials, business leaders and academics from Israel.

Rivlin is the first Israeli president to travel to India since 1996. In October 2015, Pranab Mukherjee became the first Indian head of state to visit Israel.

India’s current Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected travel to Israel next year, as the first Indian prime minister to do so. India and Israel are gearing up to mark 2017 as the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the countries, which began on 29 January, 1991.

Accompanying the delegation, Yaffa Zilbershats, head of the Council for Higher Education’s budget committee, said: “The issue of international cooperation in higher education and the expansion of academic ties between Israel and the world – in particular with India – is one of the central aims of the multi-year plan for higher education in Israel.” He added: “The academic delegation accompanying the President on his visit to India includes 13 presidents and senior representatives of Israeli academic institutions, who are expected to sign 15 separate agreements between Israeli and Indian educational institutions.”

Heading the business delegation, Shraga Brosh, President of Manufacturers Association of Israel, noted that “India represents a great challenge for Israeli manufacturers and this delegation will afford the opportunity to strengthen cooperation and partnership with their Indian counterparts. I have no doubt that this will be a fruitful visit and forge long-lasting economic partnerships which will strengthen and help grow the bilateral trade between the countries.”

At the beginning of his official state visit, President Rivlin was warmly welcomed by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at the Presidential Residence in New Delhi. “I am very honoured and pleased to be the guest of PresidentMukherjee. He visited us a year ago and we are very privileged and honoured to be today here in your great country, in India. Thank you so very much for welcoming me Mr President,” Rivlin said.

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