PM Modi breaks protocol to receive Israeli counterpart in Delhi

PM Modi breaks protocol to receive Israeli counterpart in Delhi

Several MoUs, including in the field of oil and gas, renewable energy, an amended protocol for airports, cybersecurity, co-production of films and documentaries are expected to be signed between the two sides.

Following the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be hosting a private dinner for Netanyahu.

The Prime Minister's Office said that Netanyahu had been expecting to be met by Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, and was surprised to see Modi waiting for him on the ground at Air Force State New Delhi.

Netanyahu's visit comes days after India voted against Israel at the United Nations on the Jerusalem issue. "This visit is an opportunity to enhance cooperation with a global economic, security, technology and tourism power", he added. It is considered important as Netanyahu chose to visit India within six month of Modi's trip to Israel in July previous year.

Netanyahu will be leading a high-profile delegation comprising 130 businessmen from 102 Israeli companies drawn from areas like agriculture, water, cybersecurity, healthcare and security.

January 12 (ANI): India and Israel will be enhancing cooperation in various fields during the upcoming visit of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India.

The Israeli PM would be formally welcomed Monday morning at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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The visit marks 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and takes place about six months after Modi's trip to Israel, the first by an Indian prime minister to the Jewish state.

Carmon said 11-year Moshe Holtzberg will also accompany Netanyahu and participate in a function at the Chabad House in Mumbai.

Modi greeted Netanyahu with a warm hug and shook hands with his wife Sara.

The first stop for the two leaders will be the Teen Murti monument, where they will lay a wreath commemorating the role of three Indian regiments which fought at the battle of Haifa over a century ago.

In Gujarat, both the Prime Ministers will visit the Center of Excellence in Vadrad and inaugurate Center of Excellence for date palms in Bhuj.

The prime minister's entourage includes the largest-ever delegation of Israeli businesspeople with representatives from the agriculture, water technology, cybersecurity, defense, health, and food industries.