Sushma Swaraj
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reached Tel Aviv for her two-day visit to Palestine and Israel. Picture: Sushma Swaraj at Ben Gurion Airport, Israel on Saturday, 16 January, 2016.Twitter/ANI

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday reached Tel Aviv in Israel on her two-day visit to the Middle Eastern country and Palestine. Her visit comes three months after President Pranab Mukherjee's trip to the two countries in October last year.

Swaraj will start her two-day visit with a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and MInister of Foreign Affairs Riyad al-Malki in the West Bank town of Ramallah in Palestine on Sunday morning, PTI reported.

Later, she will inaugurate the India-Palestine Digital Learning and Innovation Centre in Ramallah. The MoU to set up the centre in Al-Quds University, Abu Dees, was signed during state visit of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to India in 2012. It has a satellite centre in Ramallah.

The external affairs minister will also offer floral tributes at the bust of Mahatma Gandhi and lay wreath at the mausoleum of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Her visit to Palestine is expected to "reaffirm India's continued political, diplomatic and developmental support" to the visiting nation, according to an earlier press release.

She will return to Israel on Sunday afternoon and hold bilateral talks with Israeli leadership, including President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon, Minister of Infrastructure Yuval Steinitz and deputy Foreign Minister Tsipi Hotovely.

Swaraj is also expected to interact with the Indians in the country. This is her first trip to Israel as the external affairs minister.

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