Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu to arrive on six-day India trip

Lester Mason
January 14, 2018

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.

Later in the day, Israeli PM would formally be welcomed at the Rashtrapati Bhawan following which he would lay a wreath at Rajghat.

He said Modi and Netanyahu would hold talks on a wide range of matters and "I am sure (the Palestine issue) is also going to come up".

The visit marks 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Netanyahu will be visiting Delhi, Agra, Gujarat and Mumbai and will be accompanied by Modi on extensive portions of his visit, a press statement said.

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"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.

Netanyahu will also meet President Ram Nath Kovind.

Netanyahu will leave for Ahmedabad on Wednesday and visit Sabarmati Ashram.

Both Modi and Netanyahu will visit two centres of excellency in Ahmedabad and inaugurate one. 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 past year.

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

"This is a very very special relationship".

Netanyahu's visit comes days after India voted against Israel at the United Nations on the Jerusalem issue. Netanyahu had described the invitation as "a deeply moving moment for me, both in personal, but also in national and global terms".

Some of them include establishment of a Dollars 40 million joint fund to encourage Israeli and Indian business cooperation, agreements permitting and extending incentives to Bollywood filmmakers looking to shoot in Israel, efforts to promote growth in tourism, and a joint government project in the fields of water and agriculture.

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