Israeli PM Netanyahu on India visit; eyes trade

Israeli PM Netanyahu on India visit; eyes trade

According to official sources here, the visiting dignitary will arrive in New Delhi on Sunday afternoon and would also visit Teen Murti Haifa Chowk, which has been named after the Israel city of Haifa, as a mark of tribute to the history of India-Israel relations.

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". The much talked-about meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be held at Hyderabad House, which will be followed by delegation-level talks. It was decided that both Prime Ministers should exchange visits.

Indian media said the government would buy local-made missiles instead.

Rafael, an Israeli state-owned Rafael weapons and defense maker, announced that India had canceled a 500 million US dollars worth purchase of its Spike anti-tank guided missile.

Netanyahu will meet with Indian leaders and attend a tribute ceremony to the victims of the bombings in 2008 during which a Jewish center was stormed, killing six people including a rabbi and his wife.

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

"The relationship is an all-weather relationship", he told reporters Friday, adding it was "so strong and so important to both countries that our feeling is that nothing can reverse it'".

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.

In his conversation with Macron, the Israeli premier said that "Trump's remarks should be taken seriously, and whoever wants to keep the nuclear deal would be wise to fix it", a statement from Netanyahu's office read.

India last month had joined 127 other countries to vote in the United Nations General Assembly in favour of a resolution opposing the recent decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon on Friday down played India's stand at the UN General Assembly over the USA 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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