Netanyahu to Visit India With 130 Businessmen


Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

One of the stages of Mr. Netanyahu's trip, the first in India of an Israeli prime minister since Ariel Sharon's 2003 visit, will be in Mumbai, where he will meet celebrities and executives of the movie industry on January 18. He is the second Israeli prime minister to visit India in the last 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. In the past, Modi has welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in his home state.

In Gujarat, Modi and Netanyahu will also visit the Centre of Excellence in Vadrad and inaugurate a Centre of Excellence for date palms in Bhuj via video conference.

However, Rafael also said that India has canceled a separate $ 500 million deal for the purchase of Spike anti-tank missiles.

Also, India last month voted in favor of a United Nations resolution denouncing President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Now, it is learnt that the government is considering buying the missiles through G-to-G route. On Monday, he will hold talks with his counterpart PM Modi, covering entire expanse of the ties and explore new areas of cooperation to further deepen the "very very special relationship", the external affairs ministry had said on Thursday.

After his arrival, Netanyahu and PM Modi are likely to visit the Teen Murti Circle in New Delhi where the two leaders will lay a wreath at the monument, where the "Haifa liberation day" is commemorated every year on September 23.

Modi's visit, the first by an Indian Prime Minister to Israel, was termed by many as de-hyphenation of New Delhi's ties with the Palestinians. Netanyahu is being accompanied by the largest business delegation that has travelled with an Israeli premier on an overseas tour.

Netanyahu will meet with Indian leaders and attend a tribute ceremony to the victims of the bombings in 2008 during which a Jewish center was stormed, killing six people including a rabbi and his wife.

Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon on Friday down played India's stand at the UN General Assembly over the USA decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in place of Tel Aviv, saying New Delhi's view "cannot influence" Indo-Israel ties. He will also reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event.

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