Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives today on six day visit

14 January, 2018, 10:32 | Author: Wade Massey
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Earlier during the opening of the Knesset's (Israeli parliament) winter session last month, Netanyahu said, "In the past year, I have visited all continents besides Antarctica and in January, I will make a reciprocal visit to my dear good friend, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India". Netanyahu not only received Modi at the airport in July, PM Modi was accorded the kind of welcome by every religious sect that is reserved for popes and United States presidents, officials had said then.

Netanyahu will be visiting Delhi, Agra, Gujarat and Mumbai and will be accompanied by Modi on extensive portions of his visit, a press statement said.

Modi's standalone visit to Israel in July this year celebrated 25 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. It was decided that both Prime Ministers should exchange visits. 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. "The visit will focus on the progress made between India and Israel since Prime Minister Modi's visit to Israel last summer, and on shaping the next 25 years of relations between our countries and our peoples".

"Bollywood stars have considerable influence around the world", said Cohen, adding that Israel wanted to push the Indian film industry to shoot a film in the Jewish state. The much talked-about meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be held at Hyderabad House, which will be followed by delegation-level talks.

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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. "I do not want to give more details on the defense issues".

The envoy also said that sometimes India comes with a request (at the UN) and sometimes Israel does.

Last month, however, India had voted at the UN General Assembly against the recognition by US President Donald Trump of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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

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