Netanyahu heads to India for visit marking 25 years of bilateral relations

Netanyahu heads to India for visit marking 25 years of bilateral relations

"A special welcome for a special visit".

During his visit in July a year ago, PM Modi was received by Netanyahu at the airport, and was accorded the kind of welcome by every religious sect that is reserved for popes and USA presidents.

Modi received Netanyahu at the airport reciprocating a gesture Israeli Prime Minister had extended to him when he himself had visited Israel to commence his landmark visit to the west asian nation in July 2017.

"The two prime ministers drove straight from the airport to Teenmurti Chowk to pay homage to the soldiers of Mysore Lancers, Jodhpur Lancers and Hyderabad Lancers, who had fought for the allied forces to wrest control of Haifa â€" now a major port city on Mediterranean Coast of Israel â€" from the Ottoman Empire in September 2018 during World War I. Netanyahu's trip to India is the first by an Israeli prime minister in over a decade.

Later in the day, he will meet Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.

Rupani was quoted by NDTV: "According to the tentative schedule, Modi and Netanyahu would first visit the Sabarmati Ashram on their arrival here on January 17". Netanyahu will also meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and hold delegation level talks. Without confirming whether an agreement for Israeli Spike missiles will be signed during Netanyahu's visit, Carmon said the Spike project is an example of "Israel engaging in Make in India" because it can be implemented through partnership between an Israeli company and Indian firm.

Giving utmost importance to relations with India, he said "We are strengthening ties between Israel and this important global power".


The Israeli premier would be formally welcomed on Monday morning at Rashtrapati Bhawan following which he would lay a wreath at Rajghat.

On Wednesday, PM Modi will accompany Netanyahu to Ahmedabad.

The Israeli prime minister will travel to Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Agra also.

The two prime ministers will also inaugurate another Center of Excellence for Date Palms in Bhuj through video conference.

The two leaders are expected to discuss trade and defence ties as well as the Israel-Palestine relationship, NDTV reported.

The prime minister's entourage includes the largest-ever delegation of Israeli businesspeople with representatives from the agriculture, water technology, cybersecurity, defense, health, and food industries.

In Mumbai, Prime Minister Netanyahu will meet Jewish community leaders and select members of the Indian business community.

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