Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu set to arrive in India today

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an official welcoming ceremony upon his arrival in Israel at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv Israel

Ahead of the visit, Israeli Ambassador Daniel Carmon said, "The Prime Minister's visit to India is the grand finale to the celebrations of 25 years of growing partnership between India and Israel".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will arrive Sunday afternoon in New Delhi for a four-day state visit. PM Modi will break protocol and receive his Israeli counterpart at the airport, a move which was meted out to the former by Netanyahu.

"Modi extended an invitation to Netanyahu to visit India at a mutually convenient time" during a July 5 press conference in Jerusalem.

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 prime minister will also host a private dinner for the Israeli leader.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the Jewish state in July a year ago, becoming the first Indian premier to do so.

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".


His itinerary includes visits to Gujarat and Mumbai.

Bhaskar parried a directly reply when asked about the reported revival of talks on India's purchase of 8,000 Spike anti-tank missiles from Israel that was cancelled last week. The visiting head of state will be accompanied by a 130-member delegation from various sectors including cyber, agriculture and defence.

Also, India last month voted in favor of a United Nations resolution denouncing President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

It also comes about six months after Modi's landmark visit to Israel.

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. "The relationship is much stronger than the one vote here and there", Carmon said, but maintained that it was "not a happy" situation when members of the worldwide community did not vote in favour on the issue at the UN.

Israel says Iran is dedicated to its destruction and supports global terror, in addition to backing Palestinian Islamic militants Hamas and Islamic Jihad and Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah.

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