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India's vote on Jerusalem will not impact ties with Israel: Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu hopeful of expanding ties with India India's vote on Jerusalem will not impact ties with Israel: Netanyahu
Melinda Barton | 13 January, 2018, 08:11

Not disheartened by India's vote against Israel at the UN General Assembly on the issue of Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed hope that bilateral ties would receive a further boost during his milestone visit to the country. Netanyahu explained in Jerusalem on Thursday that the two may meet before March.

In July past year, Modi visited Israel as the first Indian Prime Minister since the establishment of bilateral ties in 1992. Modi had also accompanied Chinese President Xi Jinping and his spouse to the riverfront during the latter's India visit in 2014.

During his visit, the Prime Minister Netanyahu will hold meetings in the national capital with President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, informed Avigail Spira, spokesperson at Embassy of Israel in India.

The commitment is in addition to the India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund of United States dollars 40 million over five years with equal contribution from both sides that has already been agreed between the two sides, deputy Director General of Israel's Foreign Ministry, Gilad Cohen, told PTI. In the first, Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, are suspected of receiving illicit gifts from billionaire benefactors, most notably hundreds of thousands of shekels' worth of cigars and champagne from the Israeli-born Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan.

Along with Modi, the Israeli Prime Minister will participate in an Indo-Israeli CEOs' meet and address the Raisina Dialogue Series before moving to Gujarat where they are scheduled to launch projects.

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

Both Modi and Netanyahu will visit two centres of excellency in Ahmedabad and inaugurate one. They will also visit the iCreate innovation campus and centre.

Netanyahu would be arriving in Mumbai on Wednesday in the evening where he would be meeting with the Indian Jewish community. The first time was in February of 2017. He will also reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event.