Netanyahu to Visit India With 130 Businessmen

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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".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives Sunday for his first visit to India to expand defense, trade and energy ties during his six-day stay. 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 USA presidents, officials had said then. During his three day visit in Israel, Indian delicacies were specially cooked for PM Modi by an Israeli chef of Indian origin, a personal favourite of Netanyahu's.

He will also meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and hold delegation level talks. In the past, Modi has welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in his home state.

Bhaskar parried a directly reply when asked about the reported revival of talks on India's purchase of 8,000 Spike anti-tank missiles from Israel that was cancelled last week.

Netanyahu would be only the second Israeli Prime Minister to visit India since diplomatic relations were established between the two countries in 1992.

"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 two leaders will also be witnessing several innovative technologies in the field of water, agriculture and health at iCreate and visit a Centre of Excellence.

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Israeli Ambassador Daniel Carmon called Netanyagu's visit to India as the "grand finale to the celebrations of 25 years of growing partnership".

He said Netanyahu was bringing with him 130 businesspeople, "which reflects the enthusiasm in Israel to do more business with India".

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

Also, India last month voted in favor of a United Nations resolution denouncing President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Israel lobbied for support from countries like India, but Netanyahu said on Wednesday he saw no setback in relations.

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