The visit to India is part of the process of strengthening the ties between Israel and India and the nations’ militaries.

Date: 06/10/2009, 12:48 PM    

The IDF (Zahal) Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi left Israel last night (Nov. 5) for a brief, five-day work visit in Southeast Asia. As part of the five-day tour, Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi will hold the first official visit of an IDF (Zahal) Chief to India.

The visit to India is part of the process of strengthening the ties between Israel and India and the nations’ militaries.

Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi will be welcomed in India by an honorary guard at the Indian military headquarters in New Delhi. Later, he will meet with Indian government, security and military officials including his Indian counterpart, Chief of Army Staff to the Indian Army, General Deepak Kapoor. General Kapoor held a work visit to Israel and the IDF (Zahal) last month. Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi will also meet the Indian National Security Advisor, the Commander of the Indian Air Force, and the Commander of the Indian Navy. At the end of the visit Lt. Gen Ashkenazi will meet the Indian OC Southern Command and combat command officers.

Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi will conclude his visit on Thursday, December 10th, 2009. During this time, IDF (Zahal) Deputy Chief of the General Staff Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz, will take his place. Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi will be accompanied during the visit by his wife Ronit, Head of the International Military Cooperation Department, Col. Dan Hefez, the IDF (Zahal) Attache in India, Col. Yossi Rafaelov and the director of the office of the IDF (Zahal) Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Col. Amos HaCohen.