Renewing India’s West-Asia Policy


The Indian Government is all set to refresh its focus on West Asia, as there are reports of Israeli and Palestinian leaders being invited for a visit to the country. According to the diplomatic sources, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will hold talks with both Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The minister is expected to meet both leaders during her January 16 to 19th trip to Palestine and Israel.

There are also reports that the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moalem may visit New Delhi soon. Ms. Swaraj has met Mr. Moalem during the UN General Assembly sessions in New York earlier. She had cancelled earlier a visit to Israel considering the election season during January.

The high level meetings are in line with the announcement of Israel visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which has been announced by Ms. Swaraj during May 31st. It was the first time visit of an Indian PM to the county since 1992. President Pranab Mukherjee too had visited Palestine and Israel in October which restarted the high level engagement.