Netanyahu-Putin meeting date to be agreed on soon - Israeli embassy

On arrival both the leaders Modi and Netanyahu are expected to reach Sabarmati Ashram in a 8-km-long roadshow from Ahmedabad airport similar to one held by Prime Minister Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in September last year. Reuters fil

On arrival both the leaders Modi and Netanyahu are expected to reach Sabarmati Ashram in a 8-km-long roadshow from Ahmedabad airport similar to one held by Prime Minister Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in September last year. Reuters fil

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit next week is likely to see investors from the West Asian nation committing investments in manufacturing in India amid the Narendra Modi-government pressing them to increase their Indian component of manufacturing to 60 per cent instead of the mandatory (offset clause) 30 per cent. "Ultimately. we would like to see improved ties translate to support in global forums", he said, conceding that it "takes some time for improved relations to be expressed on the worldwide front".

"Sometimes, countries can not agree to each other's requests".

Non-military trade between the two countries in 2016 reached $4.2 billion.

The 193-member U.N. General Assembly agreed to hold a rare emergency special session on December 22, at the request of Arab and Muslim countries, to vote on a draft resolution, demanding the US reverse its decision.

Following all-night negotiations, Israeli Cabinet ministers on Friday morning unanimously approved a 2019 state budget of NIS 397.4 billion ($117 billion), which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised would ensure the political stability the government needed to survive until the end of its term late next year. With the vote happening weeks before Netanyahu's visit, it took many by surprise that India did not abstain from the vote and went ahead and voted for the resolution.

India's Defense Ministry has announced it will be purchasing 130 Barak surface-to-surface missiles from Israel's Rafael Advanced Weapons Systems.

During his stay, he will also visit Gujarat and Mumbai.

He would be then participating in a dialogue at Hyderabad house which will also include a one-on-one discussion with Modi.

Ahead of the visit, Netanyahu had said, "Well I would have preferred a different vote to be frank, but I don't think it materially changes the tremendous flowering of relations between India and Israel".

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that in the coming weeks he will be meeting "with the leaders of three of the four strongest countries in the world". It is reported that he will be accompanied by the relatives of the Jewish priest who was killed along with his wife in the 26/11 attack in Mumbai.

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