Israeli PM to visit India for boost of ties

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The visit come months after PM Modi's trip to Israel in July past year - 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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is set to arrive in India on Sunday will meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at 2.30 pm.

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 Indian prime minister skipped Palestine during his trip leading many analysts to say that New Delhi was changing its rules of engagement in the region.

The Israeli leader has also grabbed every opportunity to emphasise on his "personal chemistry" with his Indian counterpart, including at the United Nations General Assembly in September where he shared the memories of Modi's three-day visit to Israel from July 4-6.

He is the second Prime Minister from his country after Ariel Sharon to visit India in the last 25 years of a diplomatic relationship.

However, Rafael also said that India has canceled a separate $ 500 million deal for the purchase of Spike anti-tank missiles.

His itinerary includes visits to Gujarat and Mumbai.

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Modi had visited the Jewish state in July previous year, becoming the first Indian premier to do so. "We imagined the endless possibilities for Israel, India, for all humanity", he had said during his UNGA address.

Daniel Carmon, the Israeli ambassador to India, said that the Israeli-India ties would withstand any troubles.

The Israeli PM will be accompanied by a 130-member delegation from various sectors including cyber, agriculture and defence.

The envoy also said that sometimes India comes with a request (at the UN) and sometimes Israel does.

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.

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

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