Netanyahu in India for first visit by Israeli PM in 15 years

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Netanyahu would be only the second Israeli Prime Minister to visit India since diplomatic relations were established between the two countries in 1992.

Prime Minister of Israel will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind during his stay in New Delhi.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, embraces Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as the Israeli leader's wife, Sara, watches on their arrival at the Air Force Station in New Delhi, on January 14, 2018. The last such trip was by Ariel Sharon, who came to India in 2003.

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

The Israeli leader will later meet with Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj before a private dinner with Modi.

He will also meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and hold delegation level talks.

Asked whether purchase of Spike anti-tank guided missiles Z$I*(ATGMs) from Israel through the government-to-government (G-to-G) route will be discussed during Netanyahu's visit, Bhaskar refused to give a direct reply. "We will strengthen the connection between Israel and this important global power".

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Israel and India have developed close ties in high-tech and defense cooperation.

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.

The two prime ministers will also inaugurate another Center of Excellence for Date Palms in Bhuj through video conference. Ezer Weizmann's visit to New Delhi in 1997 was the first by an Israeli President.

He would then lead the bilateral dialogue at Hyderabad House where he will also have a one-on-one discussion with Modi. 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.

In the evening of Wednesday Netanyahu would arrive in Mumbai and meet the local Jewish community.

A packed schedule on Thursday for the Israeli premier in Mumbai would include a "power breakfast" with Indian business leaders, a business seminar, attending two memorial services for the victims of the 26/11 attack at the Taj hotel and Nariman House and finally a gala event with Bollywood actors.

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