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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet in NY late Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, ahead of Netanyahu's speech at UN General Assembly

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to arrive in Israel next week.

“This is an historic visit to Israel,” noted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his opening remarks to the weekly government cabinet meeting on Sunday (June 25).

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“In the 70 years of the country’s existence no Indian prime minister has ever visited and this is a further expression of the State of Israel’s military, economic and diplomatic strength.

“This is a very significant step in strengthening relations between the two countries,” Netanyahu continued. “India is a huge country with over 1.25 billion people and is one of the world’s largest, growing economies. Ties between Israel and India are on a constant upswing.”

The cabinet was set to approve expansion of exports and measures to deepen cooperation in agriculture and water, Netanyahu said.

“We will establish a joint innovation, and research & development fund. We will also increase tourism from India to Israel – this has very great potential.

“All of this is an additional expression of Israel’s enhanced international position in recent years as we strengthen the State of Israel,” he said.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.