One UN vote can't change our relations: Israel PM Netanyahu

Demonstrators attend the weekly anti-corruption protest in Tel Aviv

Demonstrators attend the weekly anti-corruption protest in Tel Aviv

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today began his official visit to India - his first visit there as prime minister.

He said Netanyahu was bringing with him 130 businesspeople, "which reflects the enthusiasm in Israel to do more business with India".

He will hold meetings with President Ram Nath Kovind and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, apart from Modi. Discussions between the two prime ministers and business summits will also take place, with PM Modi hosting PM Netanyahu for dinner on Sunday night.

However, the fact that Congress chose to attack PM Modi at a time when Netanyahu is visiting wasn't lost on Twitter.

Netanyahu had done the same for Modi in July.

Lambasting Congress for mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "hugplomacy" in a meme video on Twitter, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said sarcastically that the video showed the "new" thinking of the grand old party under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. He also said that his visit can catapult bilateral ties to the next level. "We are systematically eliminating the tunnel infrastructure of Hamas and Islamic Jihad", he said from India.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Israel-India diplomatic relations, and Modi is planning a number of special events to commemorate the occasion.

The visit also comes weeks after India, along with 127 other countries, joined a UN General Assembly call for the Donald Trump administration to drop its decision on recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Few hours before his departure towards India, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a press statement saying that he intends to "further strengthen ties between the two countries".

Also, a cancelled defense deal will also be discussed during the visit.

During his six day trip, Pm Narendra Modi will accompany with Benjamin Netanyahu while he travels to Agra, Gujarat and Mumbai.

It is expected that several Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) will be signed for cooperation in oil and gas, renewable energy, amended protocol for airports, cyber security, and co-production of films and documentaries between the two countries.

The envoy informed that cooperation in areas of agriculture, water, defence, food industry, science and technology, trade and innovation would be on the top of agenda during the visit and various MoUs could be signed in these sectors. In Ahmedabad, he will visit the Sabarmati Ashram.

The Post did not receive a response on the matter from Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon or from the Prime Minister's Office.

Netanyahu will return to Israel on Friday afternoon from Mumbai.

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