Israeli president visits India

JERUSALEM, Dec. 29 (JTA) — Ezer Weizman has become the first Israeli president to make an official visit to India. Israeli officials said they expected at least three agreements, in such areas as trade and cultural exchanges, to be signed during the weeklong visit, which began Sunday. Bilateral trade has grown between Israel and India since they established full diplomatic relations in 1991. The two countries signed a trade accord in January 1996 aimed at boosting bilateral commerce. India also has become a popular travel destination for young Israelis after completion of their compulsory military service. During his visit, Weizman was expected to discuss the fate of six Israelis, who are jailed in India on various drug-related charges. For Weizman, the trip to India also bore personal significance. It marked his return to the country where he served as a British air force pilot 50 years ago.

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