New Delhi–Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s expected visit later this year, Israel on Thursday said it had eased visa policy for Indian businessmen travelling to that country, allowing them multiple entry business visas that will be valid for five years.

An embassy statement quoting Ambassador Daniel Carmon here said the initiative was “part of the growing partnership between India and Israel”.

“Connectivity is an important ingredient in relationship between peoples. I am glad we can add another positive measure in this regard while celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations,” Carmon said.

Modi is expected to visit Israel later this year, during which he is expected to finalise a host of business and defence deals with Tel Aviv.

The two countries are also celebrating their 25 years of diplomatic ties. The bilateral trade between India and Israel has increased to nearly $4.5 million from $200 million in 1992 when the two countries established diplomatic ties. (IANS)