Israel PM arrives in Delhi, to be received by Modi at airport

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Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu's visit will involve a series of events that will showcase the growing friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Israeli prime minister.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will arrive in New Delhi 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. PM Modi will break protocol and receive his Israeli counterpart at the airport, a move which was meted out to the former by Netanyahu.

Netanyahu will be visiting Delhi, Agra, Gujarat and Mumbai and will be accompanied by Modi on extensive portions of his visit, a press statement said. In the past, Modi has welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in his home state. The two leaders will also be witnessing several innovative technologies in the field of water, agriculture and health at iCreate and visit a Centre of Excellence.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the Jewish state in July a year ago, becoming the first Indian premier to do so. It wasn't clear why India scrapped the deal before the contract was signed.

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.

A business delegation will also join the trip "to enhance and strengthen economic ties and also create joint business opportunities between Israeli and Indian businesspeople", said the statement.

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

Daniel Carmon, the Israeli ambassador to India, said that the Israeli-India ties would withstand any troubles.

Israel says Iran is dedicated to its destruction and supports global terror, in addition to backing Palestinian Islamic militants Hamas and Islamic Jihad and Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah. "I do not want to give more details on the defense issues".

Last month, however, India had voted at the UN General Assembly against the recognition by US President Donald Trump of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In Mumbai, Netanyahu will meet Jewish community leaders and select members of the Indian business community.

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