Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's India visit from Sunday

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's India visit from Sunday

The Israel Police are reportedly investigating whether major Israeli corporations engaged in fixing requests for bids issued by the Prime Minister's Office and whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or members of his family are involved in the matter. She'll have separate engagements, as part of soft power diplomacy.

This was announced by the Embassy of Israel in New Delhi.

Netanyahu will also meet President Ram Nath Kovind.

Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon said on Thursday that Netanyahu's visit next week would serve as the "grand finale" of the anniversary celebrations.

The Mumbai leg includes Netanyahu's film industry outreach - Shalom Bollywood, an interaction with the Jewish community and a meeting with business heads. Delegation-level talks will follow.

The visit come months after Modi's trip to Israel in July past year - 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.

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One of the friends Netanyahu was with is the son of an Israeli businessman, Kobi Maimon, who has a stake in Israel's offshore natural gas fields.

The premier will travel with 130 businesspersons from his country.

Bala Bhaskar, the Joint Secretary WANA (West Africa and North Africa) division in India's foreign ministry, said "India and Israel's bilateral relationship has been expanding in the areas of agriculture, water, science and technology, innovation, start-up, space, education, culture, homeland security and defence", since the establishment of diplomatic ties. Both the leaders are likely to visit Sabarmati Ashram, abode of Mahatma Gandhi.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu bids farewell to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at Ben-Gurion International Airport, July 2017.

In Mumbai, Netanyahu will highlight the importance of fighting terrorism. It was in Mumbai that Chabad house had come under attack during the terror attacks in 2008.

The visiting dignitary will meet the Jewish community leaders. This is also why I vehemently oppose the exclusion of women [from public affairs].

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