Israel PM Netanyahu to embark on a 6-day visit to India

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will arrive here on Sunday on a six-day visit during which both the strategic partners will aim to further expand ties on a range of key areas including defence and trade besides deliberating on Israel-Palestine relationship.

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

There will be a special focus on business and trade during Netanyahu's visit.

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".

Several MoUs, including in the field of oil and gas, renewable energy, amended protocol for airports, cyber security, co-production of films and documentaries will be signed between the two sides. India has a long and wide ranging defence cooperation with Israel.

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.

Asked whether purchase of Spike anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) from Israel through the government-to-government (G-to-G) route will be discussed during Netanyahu's visit, Bhaskar refused to give a direct reply.

Netanyahu and Modi will attend a CEOs' forum, and two business events - in Delhi and Mumbai.

Netanyahu accompanied Modi nearly throughout his three day trip in July 2017, an honour generally reserved for Presidents of Israel's close ally the United States.

"iCreate" was formally launched in 2011 by Modi when he was the chief minister.

He would be then participating in a dialogue at Hyderabad house which will also include a one-on-one discussion with Modi.

Official engagements begin on Monday: a guard of honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan, wreath-laying at Rajghat, and meetings with President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu. In Ahmedabad, he will visit Sabarmati Ashram. They will also visit the innovation centre.