Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Netanyahu begins 6-day visit to India to deepen ties

Netanyahu begins 6-day visit to India to deepen ties

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will arrive Sunday afternoon in New Delhi for a four-day state visit. The ceremony will also mark the formal renaming of Teen Murti Chowk as the Teen Murti Haifa Chowk by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).

They're also expected to review progress in implementing agreements on cooperation in technology, water and agriculture that were signed during Modi's visit to Israel in July previous year.

Netanyahu will also visit Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Agra.

"This evening I am leaving on an historic visit to India". This serves our security, economic, trade and tourism interests, as well as many other areas.

But that remains far below Israel's almost $40 billion in annual trade with its largest partners, the United States and the European Union.

In Gujarat, Modi and Netanyahu will also visit the Centre of Excellence in Vadrad and inaugurate a Centre of Excellence for date palms in Bhuj via video conference.

French President Emmanuel Macron Saturday called for the "necessary respect" of Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the French leader to change the landmark accord.

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".

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The army was deployed to the streets of several cities and towns after protesters set fire to dozens of state buildings this week. The government believes that the protests provoked by criminal elements, and the opposition is fueling the people's anger .

Israel and India have developed close ties in high-tech and defense cooperation.

The commitment is in addition to the India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund of Dollars 40 million over five years with equal contribution from both sides that has already been agreed between the two nations, Deputy Director General of Israel's Foreign Ministry, Gilad Cohen, earlier told PTI.

Later in the day, he will meet Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.

The Israeli premier would be formally welcomed on Monday morning at Rashtrapati Bhawan following which he would lay a wreath at Rajghat. Netanyahu had received PM Modi at the airport then.

The Israeli prime minister will have a number of engagements in Mumbai on 18 January.

During the visit, the two leaders will hold comprehensive dialogue on a variety of issues.

It said he will reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event.

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