Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

PM Modi to Break Protocol, Receive Israeli Counterpart at Airport

PM Modi to Break Protocol, Receive Israeli Counterpart at Airport

Several MoUs, including in the field of oil and gas, renewable energy, an amended protocol for airports, cybersecurity, co-production of films and documentaries are expected to be signed between the two sides.

Modi and Netanyahu formally renamed the Teenmurti Chowk as Teenmurti-Haifa Chowk, commemorating the centenary of the historic Battle of Haifa. During his three day visit in Israel, Indian delicacies were specially cooked for PM Modi by an Israeli chef of Indian origin, a personal favourite of Netanyahu's. "The visit will focus on the progress made between India and Israel since Prime Minister Modi's visit to Israel last summer, and on shaping the next 25 years of relations between our countries and our peoples".

Prime Minister Netanyahu will arrive on Sunday and depart from Mumbai on Friday, January 19.

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Modi, who became the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel six months ago, has addressed Netanyahu as a "friend".

He will also meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and hold delegation level talks. Reuven Rivlin, the current president of the West Asian nation, visited India in 2016. "This visit is an opportunity to enhance cooperation with a global economic, security, technology and tourism power", he added.

Modi's meeting with Netanyahu in Jerusalem in July past year saw India and Israel upgrading bilateral relations to a strategic partnership with special focus on agriculture and water. They will also visit the iCreate innovation campus and center in Ahmedabad. Meetings with President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu are also scheduled for Monday. Netanyahu said just before leaving for New Delhi.

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Apart from New Delhi, Netanyahu will visit Agra, Ahmedabad and Mumbai during his first visit to India.

Modi greeted Netanyahu with a warm hug and shook hands with his wife Sara.

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

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The prime minister's entourage includes the largest-ever delegation of Israeli businesspeople with representatives from the agriculture, water technology, cybersecurity, defense, health, and food industries.

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