Defence, trade and Bollywood: Netanyahu visits India

Graphic showing Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Netanyahu and Modi are expected to discuss a variety of subjects related to bilateral relations and the global situation.The Israeli leader, accompanied by dozens of Israeli businessmen, will visit the Centre of Excellence in Agriculture at Vadrad in Gujarat and interact with business leaders in Mumbai. On Monday, he'll meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and call on President Ram Nath Kovind as well as attend an India-Israel CEO Forum Meeting. PM Modi will host Netanyahu for dinner on Sunday night.

A signed letter from at least 208 people said that the community conveys "our extreme pleasure and honor to welcome you (Netanyahu) to India".

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

The Congress's twitter handle also posted a meme of video clippings of Mr Modi giving hugs to various foreign leaders, including US President Donald Trump, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, among others.

On the bilateral trade relations, the Israeli Prime Minister said that "there is a whole world that is erupting, exploding".

Daniel Carmon, the Israeli ambassador to India, played down India's vote. Reports in November said that India was canceling that deal in order to provide more contracts for local industry, but reports in the Indian media last week said that the deal was still on.

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The envoy also referred to the personal equation between Modi and Natenyahu. He said given India's importance in being a major auto dealer, it would be important for India and Israel to have a good tie-up between vehicle manufacturers.

Advocating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India to boost and deepen bilateral economic relations, he said, "Israel is changing so rapidly". Netanyahu also warned the Gaza-based terrorist groups against carrying out hostile acts against Israel.

"Since we talk about democracies, similar values, similar challenges..., the relationship is so strong between both the countries that our feeling is (that) nothing can reverse it", he said. He is the first Israeli PM to visit India since 2003.

Netanyahu's visit to India is only the second one by an Israeli prime minister and comes after a gap of 15 years.

"I don't think it can influence the relationship". The Israeli ambassador to India, however, said the vote would not affect bilateral relations, which are "much stronger than one vote at the United Nations".

Ties between the two countries have warmed considerably in recent years, especially since Modi took office. The two countries will also sign a civil aviation agreement for revising flight rates and developing air services between Israel and India.

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