Israel PM Netanyahu to arrive on Monday on six-day India trip


His itinerary includes the visit to Gujarat and Mumbai.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will arrive here 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.

The visit come months after Modi's trip to Israel in July previous year - a first by an Indian Prime Minister since the two countries established diplomatic ties only in 1992 even as India had recognized the Jewish state soon after it was founded.

Now trade between the two countries is around 5 billion United States dollars, of which three billions is for exports.

India and Israel will reaffirm their already strong economic and defence ties, and Netanyahu will also emphasising the bond that the two nations, which celebrated the silver jubilee of their diplomatic relatons past year.

Netanyahu and Modi will participate in business events in Delhi and Ahmedabad, while the former will participate in separate business event in Mumbai.

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Netanyahu will attend the annual Raisina Dialogue, a geopolitical conference in Delhi.

According to an Ahmedabad civic body official, a joint roadshow on an 8 km stretch from the city airport to the Sabarmati Ashram is also on the cards.

The PM will host a grand lunch for his guest, and the two leaders will visit Sabarmati ashram.

In Gujarat, Modi and Netanyahu will also visit the Centre of Excellence in Vadrad and inaugurate a Centre of Excellence for date palms in Bhuj via video conference. 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.

But his engagements in Mumbai are likely to create a buzz. He'll be accompanied by Baby Moshe, the young boy who lost his parents in the 2009 terrorist attack at Chabad House. This is being done to invite the Bollywood to shoot films in Israel. But booming relations between India and Israel would overlook them, sources said.