India Seeking to Strengthen Defense Partnership With Israel - Foreign Office

A Netanyahu Modi bromance was carefully choreographed during that visit complete with shots of them walking barefoot together through the Mediterranean surf

India says $500 million missile deal with Israel will move ahead

Since 1996, Netanyahu visited Russian Federation 12 times in his capacity as prime minister.

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 USA reverse its decision.

The visit begins in New Delhi where Mr Netanyahu will have dinner with PM Modi and meet Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Netanyahu would be arriving in Mumbai on Wednesday in the evening where he would be meeting with the Indian Jewish community. They will also visit the iCreate innovation campus and centre. "I think everybody can see that". He said both PMs have struck a personal bond as well, which was displayed during Modi's visit to Israel past year. "My visit to India is the other one". "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".

"Moshe is accompanying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and there will also be a ceremony at Chabad House", said Israel's Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon. "It just takes longer on the global front", he stressed. However, the Indian military is apparently pressuring the government to go through with the deal anyway because it will likely take the local industries time to develop similar technology. In Mumbai, Mr Netanyahu will meet Jewish community leaders and Indian businessmen and "will reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event", the embassy said. Last year, when PM Modi visited Israel, the message was sent loud and clear that India-Israel share a friendship that they no longer need to keep under wraps.

The commitment is in addition to the India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund of Dollars 40 million over five years with equal contribution from both sides that has already been agreed between the two sides, deputy director general of Israel's Foreign Ministry, Gilad Cohen, had told PTI.

Indias Kalyani group and Israels state-run Rafael Advanced Defence Systems had commissioned a Rs 70 crore production facility near Hyderabad in August previous year, anticipating that the Israeli firm would bag the contract. In 2009, Barak 8 deal was signed between India and Israel. Netanyahu is going to spend a day in PM Modi's home state on 17 January. Modi and Netanyahu will have their official delegation level talks in New Delhi on January 15.

On Tuesday, the minister will leave for Agra and visit Taj Mahal in the city.

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