Israeli Premier Netanyahu set to land in India for six-day tour

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"Ultimately. we would like to see improved ties translate to support in worldwide forums", he said, conceding that it "takes some time for improved relations to be expressed on the global front".

India's Defense Ministry has announced it will be purchasing 130 Barak surface-to-surface missiles from Israel's Rafael Advanced Weapons Systems.

Asked whether the 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 had refused to give a direct reply.

Under PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, bilateral relations acquired greater heft, leading to expansion of bilateral trade and burgeoning acquisition by India of Israeli civilian and defence technology products.

Carmon referred to the two Prime Ministers' scheduled visit to the iCreate Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology on the outskirts of Ahmedabad and said that the centre "has a big clement of Israeli ecosystem in innovation".

"I do not want to elaborate on defence issues". At present, Israel is a major defence supplier to India exporting an average of $1 billion of military equipment each year.

In April last year the two countries signed a military deal worth almost $2 billion which includes the supply over several years of medium-range surface-to-air missiles, launchers and communications technology.

Netanyahu's visit also assumes significance as it comes just over six months after the visit of Modi to Israel, the first ever Indian prime ministerial visit to the West Asian nation. Prime Minister Modi's visit was a very important milestone in that.

"The visit will include New Delhi, Gujarat and Mumbai", it said. The date and place of a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin will be agreed on in the near future, a source in the Israeli embassy in Moscow told TASS on Friday. Bollywood "mega-celebs wield tremendous influence around the world", Mr Cohen said.

"You can imagine the effect that would have on our tourism, on Israel's exposure".

Netanyahu, who lands in Delhi on Sunday afternoon for a four-day state visit, is likely to be received by Modi at the airport - during Modi's Israel visit in July, Netanyahu had received him at the airport and called him "my friend".

On Tuesday, Netanyahu will visit the Taj Mahal and then attend India's annual "Raisina Dialogue" geo-political conference.

Apart from the summit-level meeting, the second India-Israel CEOs forum will be held as also a series of other meetings between both sides in New Delhi and Mumbai during the course of the visit.