Netanyahu begins 6-day visit to India to deepen ties


Your visit to India is historic and special.

The Prime Minister's Office said that Netanyahu had been expecting to be met by Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, and was surprised to see Modi waiting for him on the ground at Air Force State New Delhi.

In July a year ago, Modi visited Israel as the first Indian Prime Minister since the establishment of bilateral ties in 1992.

The three bronze statues at Teen Murti represent the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers who were part of the 15 Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade. He is the first Israeli PM to visit India since 2003.

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

Netanyahu will arrive Sunday for a six-day visit. Netanyahu will also meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and hold delegation level talks. "We will sign very many agreements", Netanyahu said in statement.

Israel will be investing United States 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.

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

Netanyahu will accompany 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg as the boy returns for the first time to the house where his parents were killed in the attacks that left 166 people dead.

The visiting dignitary, on Monday, will be given a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan which will be followed by the wreath laying at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. The Israeli PM will call on President Ram Nath Kovind later in the day.

Netanyahu and Modi are expected to discuss a variety of subjects related to bilateral relations and the global situation.

The two prime ministers will also inaugurate another Center of Excellence for Date Palms in Bhuj through video conference.

Netanyahu will also tour Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Agra.

In the evening of Wednesday Netanyahu would arrive in Mumbai and meet the local Jewish community.