Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Arrives In India For First Official Visit

| January 14 , 2018 , 20:03 IST

Around 6 months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the first Indian PM to visit Israel, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in India for a 6-day visit on Sunday.

Breaking protocol, PM Modi received PM Netanyahu and his wife Sara at the airport on Sunday afternoon, similar to how Netanyahu accorded a grand welcome to PM Modi in Israel in July. The Israeli PM's visit comes 15 years after its PM Ariel Sharon visited India in 2003.

PM Netanyahu's visit is taking place despite India backing a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recognition of the contested Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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After arriving in India, Netanyahu would be accompanied by PM Modi to the teen Murti monument where the two leaders will lay a wreath there to commemorate the role of three Indian regiments who fought at the battle of Haifa over a century ago, marking the closeness between the two countries. The Teen Murti Chowk will be formally renamed as the Teen Murti Haifa Chowk and Teen Murti Marg will be known as Teen Murti Haifa Marg.

During PM Netanyahu's visit, he will be meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Discussions between the two prime ministers and business summits will also take place, with PM Modi hosting PM Netanyahu for dinner on Sunday night.

Agreements and MoUs are expected to be signed in the spheres of agriculture, innovation, water management etc.

On Tuesday, PM Netanyahu and his wife will fly to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. In the evening, the Israeli PM will deliver the keynote address at the Raisina Dialogue.