Visit of FM Peres to India

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
January 6, 2002

 Visit of FM Peres to India

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FM Peres meets with Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee (Jan 8)

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres will depart on Sunday for India (January 6), for a working visit of three days, following an invitation by his counterpart, Jaswant Singh. The Minister will head a political and economic delegation that will include the Director-General of the Foreign Ministry, the Deputy Director-General of the Asia and Pacific Department and other officials.

During the visit, Foreign Minister Peres will meet with the President of India, Kocheril Raman Narayanan, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh, Interior Minister Lal Krishna Advani, Defence Minister George Fernandes, and leader of the opposition, Sonia Gandhi.

The purpose of the visit is to hold meetings with the Indian leadership, and to enhance ties between Israel and India, reflected through friendly relations and cooperation in many spheres.

During the visit, Minister Peres will be the main speaker at the annual convention of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Bangalore. The economic ties between the two countries are growing, and the volume of trade has increased considerably to a total of $1 billion a year.

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and India. During this period, the two countries have enhanced their ties and cooperation in all the spheres.