Not disheartened by India's vote against Israel at the UN General Assembly on the issue of Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed hope that bilateral ties would receive a further boost during his milestone visit to the country.
The commitment is in addition to the India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund of United States 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, told PTI. The visit will include New Delhi, Gujarat and Mumbai.
This was announced by the Embassy of Israel in New Delhi.
Netanyahu will be leading a high-profile delegation comprising 130 businessmen from 102 Israeli companies drawn from areas like agriculture, water, cyber security, health care and security on his four day trip to India starting January 14.
At the start of Modi's visit to Israel, the two leaders had repeatedly hugged each other and addressed each other as "friend" several times. Netanyahu pointed out that apart from meeting with the Russian leader, he would also make a visit to India soon, holding talks with the country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while he also meant to meet with US President Donald Trump "in Washington in March, if not sooner".
He refused to give defence trade figures saying "they are not exactly measured like that and as such (there are) no exact figures". That trip came as Israel and India marked the 25th anniversary of the official establishment of diplomatic relations. "I am sure you will be updated on that".
Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, would be travelling to Agra to see the Taj Mahal on Tuesday and return to Delhi to participate in the Raisina Dialogue. It was decided that both Prime Ministers should exchange visits. Ties between the two countries have flourished in numerous realms in recent years. "My visit to India is the other one", Netanyahu said addressing the Government Press Office's annual end-of-year reception for the foreign press corps yesterday. He will also reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event.