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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu To visit India To Celebrate 25 Years of Indo-Israel Friendship

As a part of the celebration of 25 years of diplomatic relations between India and Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be arriving for a state visit to India. Netanyahu will be in India from January 14-19th. During the visit he will travel to New Delhi, Agra, Ahmadabad and Mumbai.

A delegation of 130 businessmen will accompany Netanyahu, who will enhance trade talks between the two countries especially on the defence sales.

Israel's foreign ministry deputy director general for Asia, Gilad Cohen, on Wednesday said the trip was meant to further deepen political, trade and cultural ties.

Underlining India’s stance on Indo-Israel Cooperation MEA(Ministry Of External Affairs) stated that we are deeply engaged in enhancing agricultural and water resources with Israel. 

During his visit, Netanyahu will hold meetings in New Delhi with President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra  Modi, and Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.

As a part of his tour on Tuesday he will visit Taj Mahal, and then attend the annual Raisana Dialogue, geopolitical conference, where he will give an inaugural speech. He will later meet with the Indo-Israeli CEO forum in New Delhi.

On January 17 he will join PM Narendra  Modi in a tour to Gujrat, where the two Prime Ministers will visit the Centre of Excellences and inaugurate a Center of Excellence for date palms in Bhuj via video conference. They will also visit the iCreate innovation campus and centres.

On 18th Jan the Israeli PM will travel to Mumbai where he will meet with Jewish community leaders and select members of the Indian business community. Netanyahu will reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive “Shalom Bollywood” event.

Ahead of the visit, Israel’s Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon said, “The Prime Minister’s visit to India is the grand finale to the celebrations of 25 years of Growing Partnership between India and Israel. The visit will focus on the progress made between India and Israel since Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Israel last summer, and on shaping the next 25 years of relations between our countries and our peoples.”

Along with the business delegation Netanyahu will be accompanied by a very special guest for India from Israel. Baby Moshe is also set to travel to India as a part of the relationship celebration between the two countries.  

Baby Moshe is the Israeli child who had a miraculous escape during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, with the help of his nanny Sandra Samuel.

Holtzberg Moshe, who was a toddler then , is now a 10-year-old boy. He lost his parents Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah in the Mumbai attacks of 2008. During PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Tel Aviv last summer he had met with baby Moshe.

The details of baby Moshe’s travel haven’t been confirmed yet by either the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi or the MEA.

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