Netanyahu Visits India: Muslims Burn Israeli Effigies in Protest

Netanyahu Visits India: Muslims Burn Israeli Effigies in Protest

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani told reporters on Thursday that Modi and Netanyahu would first visit the Sabarmati Ashram - the abode of Mahatma Gandhi - after they arrive in Ahmedabad on January 17.

Netanyahu will also visit Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Agra. "(They) will be accorded a grand welcome".

In July previous year, Modi visited Israel as the first Indian Prime Minister since the establishment of bilateral ties in 1992.

Netanyahu will hold meetings with President Ram Nath Kovind and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, apart from Modi.

Joint Secretary (West Asia-North Africa division) in the ministry B Bala Bhaskar said the Palestinian issue is likely to figure in the talks between the two prime ministers besides other key issues of mutual importance.

He said Netanyahu was bringing with him 130 businesspeople, "which reflects the enthusiasm in Israel to do more business with India".

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Bilateral trade has skyrocketed from $200 million in 1992, when India and Israel established diplomatic ties, to $4.16 billion in 2016.

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

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

The leaders will lay a wreath and sign the visitor's book. It was decided that both Prime Ministers should exchange visits. Modi and he will also visit the Center of Excellence in Vadrad and inaugurate a Center of Excellence for date palms in Bhuj via video conference.

"Indian Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi is a close friend of Israel and of mine and I appreciate the fact that he will accompany me on extensive parts of my visit", Netanyahu said just before leaving for New Delhi.

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