Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu set to arrive in India today

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu set to arrive in India today

In contrast with prime ministerial visits to the United States or Europe, Netanyahu's trip, which will take him to three cities in India, will focus very little on Middle Eastern affairs such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "Modi personally receives Israeli PM at Delhi Airport", the Prime Minister's Office tweeted.

Modi received Netanyahu at the airport reciprocating a gesture Israeli Prime Minister had extended to him when he himself had visited Israel to commence his landmark visit to the west asian nation in July 2017.

The three bronze statues at Teen Murti represent the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers, who were part of the 15 Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade, which carried out the victorious assault on the fortified city of Haifa on September 23, 1918, during World War I. The last time an Israeli prime minister came to India - a country of 1.3 billion people - was in 2003, when Ariel Sharon arrived but abruptly cut his visit short to return to Israel to deal with a terrorist attack.

A large delegation of 130 businessmen from 102 Israeli companies dealing with agriculture, water, cyber security, health care and security are companying with Netanyahu.

Modi and Netanyahu formally renamed the Teenmurti Chowk as Teenmurti-Haifa Chowk, commemorating the centenary of the historic Battle of Haifa. Netanyahu will also meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and hold delegation level talks.

The build up to Netanyahu's visit was soured this month when India called off a deal to buy 8,000 anti-tank guided missiles from Israel's state-owned defence contractor Rafael.

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

Israel will be investing Dollars 68.6 million to boost cooperation with India in areas like tourism, technology, agriculture and innovation over a period of four years, a senior official here said ahead of Netanyahu's visit.

The visiting dignitary will be accorded ceremonial reception at the forecourts of the Rashtrapati Bhawan tomorrow. 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.

His itinerary includes visits to Gujarat and Mumbai.

Macron says he wants an "uncompromising" dialogue with Iran about its ballistic missile program and he told Netanyahu that efforts concerning Iranian ballistics as well as its regional activities should continue.

In the evening of Wednesday Netanyahu would arrive in Mumbai and meet the local Jewish community. The leaders will lay a wreath, and sign the visitor's book.

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