Israel PM arrives in Delhi, to be received by Modi at airport

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to arrive in India today meet PM Modi Sushma Swaraj

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The visit come months after PM Modi's trip to Israel in July a year ago - a first by an Indian Prime Minister since the two countries established diplomatic ties only in 1992 even as India had recognized the Jewish state soon after it was founded.

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 had received PM Modi at the airport then.

Asked whether Baby Moshe, the Israeli child who lost his parents in the 2008 terror attack on a Jewish centre in Mumbai, will be part of Netanyahu's delegation or whether Moshe will attend Jewish community event, Bhaskar said finer details of the Israeli PM's visit were still being worked out. 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 marks 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Rafael, an Israeli state-owned Rafael weapons and defense maker, announced that India had canceled a 500 million US dollars worth purchase of its Spike anti-tank guided missile. India has a long and wide ranging defence cooperation with Israel. The visit comes merely six months after PM Modi visited the Jewish state, becoming the first Indian premier to do so.

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".

Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon on Friday down played India's stand at the UN General Assembly over the USA decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in place of Tel Aviv, saying New Delhi's view "cannot influence" Indo-Israel ties.

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. "I do not want to give more details on the defense issues".

French President Emmanuel Macron Saturday called for the "necessary respect" of Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the French leader to change the landmark accord.

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