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Netanyahu to visit Delhi, Mumbai

13 January 2018, 01:14 | Marta Robbins

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem

Series of business events have been lined up as Netanyahu makes a return visit after PM Narendra Modi visited Israel past year.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will embark on a six-day visit to India, starting from January 14.

The visit come months after Modi's trip to Israel in July a year ago - a first by an Indian Prime Minister since the two countries established diplomatic ties only in 1992 even as India had recognized the Jewish state soon after it was founded.

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

India in December voted in favor of the UN General Assembly resolution condemning the USA for its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

He will have a bilateral meeting with Modi and also attend the annual "Raisina Dialogue", a geo-political conference, and address an India-Israeli CEO forum in the capital, said Joint Secretary in External Affairs Ministry B. Bala Bhaskar. An eight-kilometre-long roadshow is said to have been arranged from the airport to the ashram.

They had also spent some time at the Sabarmati Riverfront, developed during Modi's tenure as Gujarat chief minister.

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Modi and Japanese premier Shinzo Abe had held a joint roadshow during the latter's visit here in September previous year.

There will be a business meet in Gujarat. Modi and he will also visit the Center of Excellence in Vadrad and inaugurate a Center of Excellence for date palms in Bhuj via video conference. They will also visit the innovation centre.

The Israeli prime minister will have a number of engagements in Mumbai on January 18.

In Mumbai, Netanyahu will meet with Jewish community leaders and select members of the Indian business community. He'll be accompanied by Baby Moshe, the young boy who lost his parents in the 2009 terrorist attack at Chabad House. He will reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event. This is being done to invite the Bollywood to shoot films in Israel.

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

Informed sources in Jerusalem said that this relates to sharing of knowledge in the field of homoeopathy and ayurveda that have been gaining popularity in Israel over the last few years.



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