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Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu set to arrive in India today

14 January 2018, 11:06 | Opal Carroll

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Mr Netanyahu will also meet President Ram Nath Kovind.

Later in the day, Prime Minister Netanyahu will call on External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj. Bhaskar parried a direct reply when asked about the reported revival of talks on India's purchase of 8,000 Spike anti-tank missiles from Israel that was cancelled last week.

Before embarking on the flight Netanyahu said that "we are strengthening the relationship between Israel and this important world power". "These issues have set mechanism".

Bhaskar said both the countries have long-standing defence ties and new areas of cooperation are being explored. "I am sure you will be updated on that".

The two leaders will also lay a wreath, and sign the visitor's book at the memorial, official sources said.

Modi would be accompanying Netanyahu to Gujarat on Wednesday where he will be welcomed in the same fashion as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was with a road show in Ahmedabad.

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Modi had visited the Jewish state in July previous year, becoming the first Indian premier to do so.

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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".

Netanyahu's visit comes six months after PM Narendra Modi became the first-ever Indian PM to visit Israel. They will also visit the iCreate innovation campus and centre.

Netanyahu would arrive in Mumbai on Wednesday in the evening where he will meet the Indian Jewish community. He will reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event.

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