(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will travel to India next week after receiving an invitation from Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. The goal of the visit is to strengthen the two countries’ economic, defense and cultural cooperation.
Rivlin will begin his visit Tuesday at an official state reception hosted by Mukherjee. The president will then attend a ceremony at a monument for Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi and will lay a wreath at the site.
The president will also meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, followed by a series of diplomatic work meetings and then a state dinner hosted by Mukherjee.
Rivlin will lay a wreath at Teen Murti square in New Delhi at the monument honoring the Indian soldiers who gave their lives in the battle to liberate the city of Haifa during World War I. He will then deliver a speech at a dinner hosted by the Indian Research Foundation in conjunction with the Confederation of Indian Industry. A delegation of Israeli businessmen, academics, and senior defense industry officials accompanying Rivlin on his visit will attend the dinner.
Additionally, the Israeli president is expected to meet members of the Indian Jewish community in Mumbai, including a visit to the city's Chabad House, at which six people were killed in a terror attack in 2008.