Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Bennie Mills

Delhi's Teen Murti Marg renamed after Israeli city

Delhi's Teen Murti Marg renamed after Israeli city

Modi received him at Delhi airport.

In bilateral talks to be held on Monday, the two leaders are expected to discuss defence, security and innovation, apart from agriculture and water technology cooperation.

Netanyahu is also scheduled to meet with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.

However, the fact that Congress made a decision to attack PM Modi at a time when Netanyahu is visiting wasn't lost on Twitter.

"Modi is a close friend of Israel and of mine and I appreciate the fact that he will accompany me on extensive parts of my visit", Netanyahu said before leaving for New Delhi.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inspects an honor guard at his ceremonial reception in New Delhi India

The renaming underscored the special link and the common history between Israel and India, Netanyahu said after the event, according to Israeli officials.

Netanyahu's five-day trip to India will see him attempt to expand business ties with the subcontinent, though it comes amid a cloud of uncertainty after Delhi cancelled a $500 million deal with Israeli arms maker Rafael late a year ago.

Netanyahu's five-day trip to India will see him attempt to expand business ties with the subcontinent, though it comes amid a cloud of uncertainty after Delhi canceled a $500 million deal with Israeli arms maker Rafael late a year ago. "There is also a schedule meeting with businessmen in Mumbai", the envoy said. During Modi's visit to Israel past year, Netanyahu had also received the Indian prime minister at the airport.

India is in the process of a major buildup as it seeks to modernize and diversify its weaponry away from aging Soviet and Russian equipment.

The Indian Ministry of Defense announced last week that it would buy 131 surface-to-air missiles from Israel.

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The envoy also referred to the personal equation between Modi and Natenyahu.

Earlier in December, US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital, ordering the State Department to launch the process of moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds.

Adding that India and Israel will get the right impetus and spur in technological and economic cooperation by "having Free Trade Agreement (FTA) or moving up towards that direction".

"When I am here in India I think of you, IDF soldiers, for the splendid work that you did yesterday, when you destroyed another tunnel", he said.

Some of them include establishment of a Dollars 40 million joint fund to encourage Israeli and Indian business cooperation, agreements permitting and extending incentives to Bollywood filmmakers looking to shoot in Israel, efforts to promote growth in tourism, and a joint government project in the fields of water and agriculture. In Mumbai, he will also attend a ceremony at the Chabad House, which will be attended by Moshe Holtzberg.

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Reacting sharply, BJP national spokesperson Samit Patra said while the world is watching as to what is growing between India and Israel, "a great relationship is brewing", the main Opposition party is giving out such kind of irresponsible tweet.

Modi's visit, the first by an Indian Prime Minister to Israel, was termed by many as de-hyphenation of New Delhi's ties with the Palestinians.

"I think that the relationship is much stronger than one vote at the United Nations", he said.

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