Narendra Modi welcomes Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at start of India trip

Narendra Modi welcomes Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at start of India trip

"A special welcome for a special visit.PM @narendramodi personally receives @IsraeliPM @netanyahu at Delhi airport", tweeted Prime Minister's Office.

The PM Netanyahu will hold delegation level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow where the two leaders are expected to discuss entire gamut of bilateral relations.

The chowk, a war memorial, has three life-size bronze statues representing the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers, who won the Battle of Haifa for the 15 Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade during World War I. The last time an Israeli prime minister came to India - a country of 1.3 billion people - was in 2003, when Ariel Sharon arrived but abruptly cut his visit short to return to Israel to deal with a terrorist attack.

The Israeli PM will be accompanied by a 130-member delegation from various sectors including cyber, agriculture and defence.

Rupani was quoted by NDTV: "According to the tentative schedule, Modi and Netanyahu would first visit the Sabarmati Ashram on their arrival here on January 17".

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology would also be signing an agreement with the ministry of science and technology, sources here said.

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"We are strengthening ties between Israel and this important global power".

He said the visit will focus on the progress made between India and Israel since Modi's visit to Israel last summer, and on shaping the next 25 years of relations between the two countries.

The visiting dignitary, on Monday, will be given a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan which will be followed by the wreath laying at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. He will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind on the same day.

The two prime ministers will also inaugurate another Center of Excellence for Date Palms in Bhuj through video conference.

Modi's meeting with Netanyahu in Jerusalem in July previous year saw India and Israel upgrading bilateral relations to a strategic partnership with special focus on agriculture and water. The two leaders will witnessing several innovative technologies in the field of water, agriculture and health at iCreate and visit a Centre of Excellence.

Netanyahu would arrive in Mumbai on Wednesday in the evening where he will meet the Indian Jewish community.

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