Modi breaks protocol, receives Netanyahu at airport

Yesh Atid MK Yaakov Peri a former head of the Shin Bet

Yesh Atid MK Yaakov Peri a former head of the Shin Bet

"Yes, naturally we were disappointed, but this visit is a testimony that our relationship is moving on so many fronts, be it political, technological, tourism, security and so many other areas".

Israel supplied 7.2 percent of India's arms between 2012-2016, third after Russian Federation (68 percent) and the United States (14 percent), according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

In July previous year, Modi visited Israel as the first Indian Prime Minister since the establishment of bilateral ties in 1992. PM Modi will host Netanyahu for dinner on Sunday night.

"A special welcome for a special visit". It will further cement the close friendship between our nations.

The participants, while throwing light on India's historically held position about Palestine, felt it necessary to express solidarity with people of Palestine and to protest against the visit of the Prime Minister of a country whose hands are stained with the blood of innocent Palestinians.

Modi will host a dinner for Netanyahu here on Sunday evening, while Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also meet the Israeli leader later in the day, sources said. "Together we will bring the relations between our countries to new heights!"

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be receiving him at the airport. "I very much appreciate the gesture", Netanyahu was quoted as saying by officials.

Ahead of his departure from Israel, Netanyahu said, "We are strengthening ties between Israel and this important global power (India)".

The Israeli leader will visit Modi's home state of Gujarat where he is expected to participate in a joint road show with Indian prime minister, according to the NDTV. The leaders will lay a wreath, and sign the visitor's book. Many golden pages of the sacrifices of Indian braves are written in the history of both World War. The Teen Murti Chowk will be formally renamed as the Teen Murti Haifa Chowk and Teen Murti Marg will be known as Teen Murti Haifa Marg.

The minister will later visit Centre of Excellence, Vadrad.

"The visit is a fitting culmination to the silver jubilee year of the formal relationship", foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Twitter. "We remember with pride, the Indian soldiers who fought valiantly in the war". There could also be a possible stopover in Agra during the visit.

Netanyahu told journalists earlier this week that he would prefer India voted differently, "but I don't think it materially changes the tremendous flowering of relations between India and Israel".

Adding that India and Israel will get the right impetus and spur in technological and economic cooperation by "having Free Trade Agreement (FTA) or moving up towards that direction".

Netanyahu is also due to sign bilateral agreements in oil and gas exploration, production, and research.

Also, a cancelled defense deal will also be discussed during the visit.

Netanyahu would then be holding most of his official meetings in New Delhi.

He will leave for Ahmedabad on the morning of January 17. The two leaders will have an 8-km long road from the airport to the Sabarmati Ashram.

On the bilateral trade relations, the Israeli Prime Minister said that "there is a whole world that is erupting, exploding".

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

The Israeli embassy said he will reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event. Moshe's parents were killed in the 26/11 terror attack at the Chabad House.

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