Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Israel PM Netanyahu leaves for 'historic' visit to India

Israel PM Netanyahu leaves for 'historic' visit to India

During Modi's trip, the two leaders were seen hugging each other and addressing each other repeatedly as "friend". In Ahmedabad, he will visit Sabarmati Ashram.

He will have a bilateral meeting with Modi and also attend the annual "Raisina Dialogue", a geopolitical conference, and address an India-Israeli CEO forum in the capital, said Joint Secretary in External Affairs Ministry B Bala Bhaskar. After the talks, the two countries will ink MoUs in different areas.

"We are strengthening ties between Israel and this important global power".

Asked whether purchase of Spike anti-tank guided missiles Z$I*(ATGMs) from Israel through the government-to-government (G-to-G) route will be discussed during Netanyahu's visit, Bhaskar refused to give a direct reply. "These issues have set mechanism".

Israel and India have developed close ties in high-tech and defense cooperation. "I am sure you will be updated on that".

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology would also be signing an agreement with the ministry of science and technology, sources here said.

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.

Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and pressed the importance of maintaining Iran's nuclear accord, the Elysee Palace said on Saturday. He is the second Israeli prime minister to visit India in the last 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Modi and he will also visit the Center of Excellence in Vadrad and inaugurate a Center of Excellence for date palms in Bhuj via video conference.

Netanyahu would arrive in Mumbai on Wednesday in the evening where he will meet the Indian Jewish community.

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