Israel PM Netanyahu leaves for 'historic' visit to India

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives on Sunday for his first visit to India to expand defence, trade and energy ties during his six-day stay. "We want to take it to higher level", said Bhaskar.

In November, the defence ministry had made a decision to retract the process to acquire a batch of Spike missiles from Israeli firm Rafael Advanced Defence Systems.

He said aim will be to further boost cooperation in a range of sectors including water, agriculture, scientific research and education.

They're also expected to review progress in implementing agreements on cooperation in technology, water and agriculture that were signed during Modi's visit to Israel in July previous year.

Before embarking on the flight Netanyahu said that "we are strengthening the relationship between Israel and this important world power".

Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, would be travelling to Agra to see the Taj Mahal on Tuesday and return to Delhi to participate in the Raisina Dialogue. In Ahmedabad, he will visit Sabarmati Ashram. After his arrival in New Delhi on Sunday afternoon, Netanyahu will hold meetings with President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the Israeli Embassy said in a statement. They will also visit the iCreate innovation campus and centre.

Daniel Carmon, the Israeli ambassador to India, said that the Israeli-India ties would withstand any troubles.

Modi would be accompanying Netanyahu to Gujarat on Wednesday where he will be welcomed in the same fashion as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was with a road show in Ahmedabad. He will reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event.

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