Indian and Sri Lankan Policy and Media Leaders Seminar-August 2017

Indian and Sri Lankan Policy and Media Leaders Seminar

In coordination with AJC’s Asia Pacific Institute, Project Interchange will be hosting a delegation of Indian and Sri Lankan Political and Media Leaders in Israel from August 12-18, 2017. Participants include highly accomplished and influential politicians and media leaders representing different geographic regions in India and Sri Lanka.

India and Israel are celebrating 25 years of the establishment of diplomatic ties, evidenced through the July historic visit to Israel by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the first Indian prime minister ever to do so.

This seminar is designed to both build upon positive Israel-India relations and enhance Sri Lanka-Israel connections, and to highlight Israel’s political system, media, and diverse society and culture. Sessions will focus on Israel as the Start-Up Nation; journalism from Israeli and Palestinian perspectives; humanitarian aid; Israel-Palestinian co-existence; and security challenges in the region.

Participants will also visit areas of historical and religious importance around the country including the Old City of Jerusalem, the Baha’i Gardens in Haifa, and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. While in Israel, the delegation will commemorate Indian Independence Day by attending a private ceremony at the residence of the Indian Ambassador to Israel.

This seminar marks PI’s second delegation of Indian and Sri Lankan political and media leaders. The first seminar was held in 2016.