'Shalom Netanyahu' : India set to welcome Israel PM

'Shalom Netanyahu' : India set to welcome Israel PM

This comes six months after Narendra Modi became the first ever Indian Prime Minister to visit the Jewish nation.

Netanyahu's first official meeting will be with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. They will also visit the iCreate innovation campus and centre.

Asked to specify business or defence deals the two countries were likely to sign during Netanyahu's visit, Bhaskar said: "This is a very very special relationship and the visit is to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic ties".

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

The French presidency added that Macron and Netanyahu "also referred to the subject of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in the continuity of their exchanges of December 10".

He will also meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and hold delegation level talks.

His itinerary includes visits to Gujarat and Mumbai. Now, it is learnt that the government is considering buying the missiles through G-to-G route.

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However, Rafael also said that India has canceled a separate $ 500 million deal for the purchase of Spike anti-tank missiles.

He said the visit will focus on the progress made between India and Israel since Modi's visit to Israel last summer, and on shaping the next 25 years of relations between the two countries.

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Modi had visited the Jewish state in July a year ago, becoming the first Indian premier to do so.

Last month, however, India had voted at the UN General Assembly against the recognition by US President Donald Trump of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Israeli embassy here said Netanyahu will meet with Jewish community leaders and select members of the Indian business community in Mumbai.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, would be travelling to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and return to Delhi to participate in the Raisina Dialogue.

Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon on Friday down played India's stand at the UN General Assembly over the United States decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in place of Tel Aviv, saying New Delhi's view "cannot influence" Indo-Israel ties.

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