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

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

Israel will invest 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 in Jerusalem has said ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's high-profile India visit next week.

Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to India comes 15 years after Ariel Sharon came to Delhi in 2003.

Modi would be accompanying Netanyahu to Gujarat on Wednesday where he will be welcomed in the same fashion as Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was with a "road show" in Ahmedabad.

There will be a special focus on business and trade during Netanyahu's visit.

In addition, Netanyahu will give an inaugural speech at the Raisina Dialogue and meet with the Indo-Israeli CEOs at the forum here.

The bilateral trades between the two countries is 5 billion U.S. dollar.

When asked about the impact of India's recent decision to cancel a half a billion dollars defence deal related to development of spike antitank guided missiles, the Israeli leader said, "I think you are going to see an expansion of economic and other ties regardless of this or that deal".

"New areas of cooperation are actively being explored".

The Israeli Prime Minister would be formally welcomed the next day at the Rashtrapari Bhawan following which he would lay wreath at Rajghat. Ties between the two countries have flourished in numerous realms in recent years.

In Gujarat, both the Prime Ministers will visit the Center of Excellence in Vadrad and inaugurate a Center of Excellence for date palms in Bhuj via video conference.

Netanyahu's trip "is the grand finale to the celebrations of 25 years of (the) growing partnership between India and Israel".

They are also likely to visit the Sabarmati Ashram, the abode of Mahatma Gandhi for a long time, here, Rupani said.

18, Netanyahu and his wife Sara will attend an event in Mumbai titled "Shalom Bollywood", at which they will meet many important Indian cinema figures.

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