Narendra Modi, Benjamin Netanyahu embrace at start of India trip

Netanyahu to Visit India With 130 Businessmen

He said the video has been released on a day when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is visiting India and that when a foreign leader is on our soil, "there are rules and there are conventions" but the Congress "seems to have lost everything".

Netanyahu, who arrived here with his wife Sara, and a high-level business delegation, tweeted, "We have landed in India".

Netanyahu's first official meeting will be with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

Netanyahu and Modi are expected to discuss a variety of subjects related to bilateral relations and the global situation.

"We are striving for increasing cooperation and collaboration in various fields", said Israel's Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon at a media briefing on Friday.

Both Modi and Netanyahu will visit two centres of excellency in Ahmedabad and inaugurate one.

"We want more and more Indian movies to be shot in Israel, to normalise the image they have of our country, and pique their interest to visit us".

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The participants, while throwing light on India's historically held position about Palestine, felt it necessary to express solidarity with people of Palestine and to protest against the visit of the Prime Minister of a country whose hands are stained with the blood of innocent Palestinians. Relations between Israel and India were cold or non-existent until 1992, but have gradually warmed since then.

The visit, which marks 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, comes six months after Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the Jewish state in July last year. "This evening I am leaving on an historic visit to India".

Netanyahu and Modi met for the first time at the United Nations in September 2014, the first such meeting in over a decade. 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.

A business delegation will also join the trip "to enhance and strengthen economic ties and also create joint business opportunities between Israeli and Indian businesspeople", said the statement.

During his stay, he will also visit Gujarat and Mumbai. He will deliver a speech at the Raisina Dialogue on January 16.

The Israeli embassy said he will reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event. He will also attended memorial services for the victims of the Mumbai terror attacks at the iconic Taj Hotel and the Nariman House.

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