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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 US reverse its decision.

Speaking to a gathering of foreign journalists on Wednesday evening, Netanyahu said he was disappointed that India voted in favor of the resolution at the UN General Assembly condemning the USA decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"Our relationship is richer and wider in terms of collaboration and complementarity. The relationship is much stronger than the one vote here and there", Carmon had said, but maintained that it was "not a happy" situation when members of the global community did not vote in favour on the issue at the UN. We always want the global community to vote for us.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife will depart for an official visit to India on Saturday to establish diplomatic relations between the two countries and half a year after the visit of Indian Prime Minister Nerandra Moody.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will once again host a foreign dignitary in the city of Ahmedabad next week, this time Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The prime minister went on to say, "I don't think the vote materially changes the recent flowering of relations between Israel and India, and everybody can see that".

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Since 1996, Netanyahu visited Russian Federation 12 times in his capacity as prime minister. Just a week ago, India had cancelled the deal with the Israeli Rafael Advance Defence Systems Ltd, after the company refused full transfer of technology as per the provisions of the "Make in India" initiative.

"There is a lot of importance to votes at the UN", Carmon said.

A case in point of Israel supporting India was when India wanted its candidate, justice Dalveer Bhandari, elected to the Hague-based International Court of Justice, Carmon said.

According to an Israeli embassy statement, Mr Netanyahu will arrive in New Delhi on Jan 14 and depart from Mumbai on Jan 19. Modi's visit was a very important milestone in that. "I think the relationship is much stronger than one vote in the United Nations", the envoy said. In the capital, Mr Netanyahu will pay a visit to the presidential palace, preside over a meeting of Indian and Israeli businessmen and inaugurate the Raisina Dialogue, a three-day foreign policy forum convened by ORF. "My visit to India is the other one", he said.

Both India and Israel are eager to expand bilateral trade, from the present annual value of $4bn to $10bn by 2022.

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