Israel PM Netanyahu to arrive on six-day visit to India

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When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu begins his six days visit to India on January 14, he will be accompanied by a large business delegation. A meeting of the core committee formed unanimously by Jamat-e-Islami Hind, All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen, All India Muslim Majlis Mushavirat, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadeeth, All India Milli Council was held.

After his arrival in New Delhi on Sunday afternoon, Netanyahu will hold meetings with President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the Israeli Embassy said in a statement.

Netanyahu's visit comes in the wake of India voting against the U.S. in the United Nations over it recognising Jerusalem as its capital.

Asking for cash, he told one friend that the prime minister had lobbied for a gas deal that benefited his friend's businessman father, a shareholder in an Israeli offshore gas field.

"We have uprgaded our relationship to strategic level with special focus on agriculture and water", he said.

Bhaskar said both the countries have long-standing defence ties and new areas of cooperation are being explored.

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Modi had visited the Jewish state in July a year ago, becoming the first Indian premier to do so. He said the discussion on Free Trade Agreement with Israel is underway.

In addition, the visiting PM will give an inaugural speech at the Raisina Dialogue and meet with the Indo-Israeli CEO forum in New Delhi. Mr. Modi was the first Indian Prime Minister to have visited Israel after the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1992.

Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon said on Thursday that Netanyahu's visit next week would serve as the "grand finale" of the anniversary celebrations. Netanyahu will also visit Centre of Excellence in Vadrad and inaugurate a Centre of Excellence for date palms in Bhuj via video conference.

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

In Mumbai, Prime Minister Netanyahu will meet Jewish community leaders and select members of the Indian business community.

It said he will reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event.

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