Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu to arrive in India today

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One of the stages of Mr. Netanyahu's trip, the first in India of an Israeli prime minister since Ariel Sharon's 2003 visit, will be in Mumbai, where he will meet celebrities and executives of the movie industry on January 18. PM Modi will break protocol and receive his Israeli counterpart at the airport, a move which was meted out to the former by Netanyahu.

Modi's standalone visit to Israel in July this year celebrated 25 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and urged for the maintenance of Iran's nuclear deal, the Elysee said on Saturday. "We imagined the endless possibilities for Israel, India, for all humanity", he had said during his UNGA address.

He said Modi and Netanyahu would hold talks on a wide range of matters and "I am sure (the Palestine issue) is also going to come up".

Bhaskar parried a directly reply when asked about the reported revival of talks on India's purchase of 8,000 Spike anti-tank missiles from Israel that was cancelled last week.

"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", Carmon said in a statement. 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.

The visit by Israeli PM comes a little more than six months after Narendra Modi visited the Jewish state.

India last month had joined 127 other countries to vote in the United Nations General Assembly in favour of a resolution opposing the recent decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Israeli embassy here said Netanyahu will meet with Jewish community leaders and select members of the Indian business community in Mumbai.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had told reporters that Netanyahu will hold a roadshow with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad on Jan 17.

Israel says Iran is dedicated to its destruction and supports global terror, in addition to backing Palestinian Islamic militants Hamas and Islamic Jihad and Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah.

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