Netanyahu arrives on 'historic' India visit


Ties between the two countries have flourished in numerous realms - cultural, economic, defense and diplomatic, among them - in recent years.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is offering high-end technology in the agriculture and health sector. "We will sign very many agreements", Netanyahu said in a statement. PM Netanyahu called PM Modi his "good friend" and said that they would together bring relations between the two countries to "new heights". This serves our security, economic, trade and tourism interests, as well as many other areas. "This is a great blessing for the State of Israel", he said. "Naturally, I'm disappointed but I think this visit is a testament to the fact that our relationship is moving forward on so many fronts", he said.

Netanyahu is on a 6-day visit to India.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had told reporters that Netanyahu will hold a roadshow with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad on Jan 17. During his three day visit in Israel, Indian delicacies were specially cooked for PM Modi by an Israeli chef of Indian origin, a personal favourite of Netanyahu's.

Netanyahu had done the same for Modi in July.

The BJP on Sunday termed as "irresponsible" and "disgusting", a tweet and a meme by the main Opposition Congress on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visit to India.

The Israeli leader would also be going to Mumbai on January 17 where he would be visiting the Jewish Chabad House, a site of 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai.

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The two countries are also expected to sign mega business deals during the visit since Netanyahu is travelling with a high-powered delegation, comprising almost 130 businessmen from more than 100 Israeli companies. Among other things, the agreement includes a decision on joint activity by the two countries on development of oil exploration startups.

Netanyahu and Modi met for the first time at the United Nations in September 2014, the first such meeting in over a decade.

"A special welcome for a special visit".

On the bilateral trade relations, the Israeli Prime Minister said that "there is a whole world that is erupting, exploding". There are 300 million citizens in the middle and upper-middle class with purchasing power equal to the middle classes of Western economies.

After establishing diplomatic relations 25 years ago, they collaborated closely in nearly every field. "You are giving us a lot of strength to continue".

In November, the defence ministry had chose to retract from the process to acquire a batch of Spike missiles from Israeli firm Rafael Advanced Defence Systems. Between 2012 and 2016, India accounted for some 41 percent of Israel's arms exports, according to SIPRI.