External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Tel Aviv on a two-day visit to Israel and Palestine, three months after the historic visit of President Pranab Mukherjee, the first by India’s Head of State to the region.
Mrs Swaraj was extended a red carpet welcome on her arrival at the airport by Israeli officials.
She will be meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and her counterpart Riyad al-Malki in the West Bank town of Ramallah.
She will also be offering floral tributes at the bust of father of nation Mahatma Gandhi in the Garden of Nations and lay wreath at the mausoleum of iconic Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
The Minister will also inaugurating the India-Palestine Digital Learning and Innovation Centre as part of capacity building efforts undertaken by the Indian government in Palestine.
After her engagements in Palestine tomorrow, Swaraj will be back in Israel in the afternoon to kickstart her two-day visit during which she will hold discussions with the top Israeli leadership.
She will review a whole range of areas of cooperation between the two countries. Mrs Swaraj will also meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top government leaders.