Israeli PM Netanyahu arrives in India for 6-day visit

Israeli PM Netanyahu Warmly Greeted in New Delhi on Arrival for Week-Long India State Visit

Netanyahu will also visit Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Agra. "Both the dignitaries will be accorded a grand welcome".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in New Delhi on Sunday for a six-day visit which comes a few weeks after India voted to nullify the USA recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in the UN General Assembly. 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.

Joint Secretary (West Asia-North Africa division) in the ministry B Bala Bhaskar said the Palestinian issue is likely to figure in the talks between the two prime ministers besides other key issues of mutual importance. "We have upgraded our relationship to strategic level with special focus on agriculture and water", he said.

Bilateral trade has skyrocketed from $200 million in 1992, when India and Israel established diplomatic ties, to $4.16 billion in 2016.

Netanyahu said he: "Very much appreciates the gesture".

Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu with PM Narendra Modi in India
Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu with PM Narendra Modi in India

The two leaders will also lay a wreath, and sign the visitor's book at the memorial, official sources said.

Some irritants in growing ties include the cancellation by India in March of a $500 million anti-tank missile deal with Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. They will also visit the iCreate innovation campus and centre.

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.

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

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