PM NARENDRA MODI WELCOMED ‘FRIEND’ ISRAELI PM NETANYAHU AT AIRPORT :

Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives Benjamin Netanyahu at the Delhi airport this afternoon as the Israeli prime minister arrives on a six-day visit, hoping to deepen ties in trade and defence.  Netanyahu is accompanied by a 130-member delegation of businessmen involved in technologies related to agriculture, water, cyber and defence industries.  During the trip, the Israeli PM will hold comprehensive talks with PM Modi and also visit his home state Gujarat, where the two leaders will hold a joint road show on Wednesday.  Netanyahu’s visit will begin in New Delhi where he will have dinner with PM Modi and meet Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. The following day he will call on President Ram Nath Kovind then have more talks with PM Modi. On Tuesday, Netanyahu will visit the Taj Mahal and then attend the annual “Raisina Dialogue” geo-political conference. The visit comes days after India voted against Israel at the UN on the Jerusalem issue. India had last month joined 127 other countries to vote in the UN General Assembly in favour of a resolution opposing the recent decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  The status of Jerusalem is one of the biggest obstacles to a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. The Rediff.com : 14th. Jan,18

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