PM Modi will break protocol, to receive Netanyahu at airport

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

"And in January, I will make a reciprocal visit to my dear good friend, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, whose population is a significant part of humanity", he added.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will bring 130 businessmen with him to India next week for trade talks that will also cover sales of military equipment, a senior official said Wednesday. Netanyahu not only received Modi at the airport in July, PM Modi was accorded the kind of welcome by every religious sect that is reserved for popes and U.S. presidents, officials had said then.

"Modi extended an invitation to Netanyahu to visit India at a mutually convenient time" during a July 5 press conference in Jerusalem.

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.

The Israeli leader has also grabbed every opportunity to emphasise on his "personal chemistry" with his Indian counterpart, including at the United Nations General Assembly in September where he shared the memories of Modi's three-day visit to Israel from July 4-6.

Rafael, an Israeli state-owned Rafael weapons and defense maker, announced that India had canceled a 500 million USA dollars worth purchase of its Spike anti-tank guided missile.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the Jewish state in July previous year, becoming the first Indian premier to do so.

Some irritants in growing ties include the cancellation by India in March of a $500 million anti-tank missile deal with Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. He will also lay wreath at Taj Hotel Mumbai and pay a visit to Nariman House - Chabad Centre.

Modi had visited the Jewish state in July a year ago, becoming the first Indian premier to do so. "The relationship is much stronger than the one vote here and there", Carmon said, but maintained that it was "not a happy" situation when members of the worldwide community did not vote in favour on the issue at the UN.

In Mumbai, Netanyahu will meet Jewish community leaders and select members of the Indian business community.

The envoy also said that sometimes India comes with a request (at the UN) and sometimes Israel does.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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