On India Visit, A Roadshow In Gujarat With “Friend Modi” For Israel PM

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have another road show from the Ahmedabad airport next week, this one with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by his side in an open gypsy decorated with flowers for the nine-kilometer trip to Sabarmati from Mahatma Gandhi ashram Netanyahu will spend a day in PM Modi’s home state on January 17 during his six-day visit to India that will also see him traveling to Mumbai to invite Bollywood to film his films in Israel.

PM Modi’s office had the idea of ​​a joint roadshow with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was in Gujarat last September for a function to formally start working on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project. They had spent time on the bank of the Sabarmati River with PM Modi as a guide and showing Shinzo Abe and his wife.

It was considered a great success to symbolize the deepening ties between the two countries. The Prime Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, said that Mr. Netanyahu would receive a great welcome as well. From the ashram, the two prime ministers would go to ‘iCreate’, an autonomous center that advises budding entrepreneurs and later, the center of excellence based on Sabarkantha for agriculture.

The visit begins in New Delhi, where Mr. Netanyahu will dine with the Prime Minister and meet with Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. The next day he will call President Ram Nath Kovind and then he will have more conversations with PM Modi. On Tuesday, Netanyahu will visit the Taj Mahal and then attend the annual geopolitical conference “Raisina Dialogue,” the AFP news agency reported.

PM Modi received an enthusiastic welcome during his visit to the Jewish state in July last year when Prime Minister Netanyahu, who referred to the Indian leader as his “dear friend”, met him at the airport and spent the next three days at his side. . . PM Modi-Netanyahu bromance was carefully choreographed, complete with photos of bear hugs and of them walking barefoot together through the waves of the Mediterranean.

The visit of Prime Minister Netanyahu – he will be accompanied by 130 business delegates – is seen as an effort to take advantage of July’s decision last year to increase ties to a “strategic partnership” and deepen trade relations between the two countries. Israel needs large markets for its export-driven economy and has been working to strengthen ties with India and China.

Also in the PM Netanyahu delegation will be the head of the Advanced Defense Systems Rafael who lost a $ 500 million deal to buy guided anti-tank Spike missiles.

The state company had talked about its disappointment in New Delhi when canceling the contract, but it was recognized that this contract was only a small part of the total defense cooperation budget. Israel is already a major arms supplier to India, selling an average of one billion dollars in military equipment each year. Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. won almost $ 2 billion in contracts from India alone last year.

Israel and India will announce joint agreements and investments in areas ranging from defense to renewable energy, said Gilad Cohen, deputy general director in charge of Asia at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, at a briefing on Wednesday, according to the agency. AFP news.

One of Netanyahu’s stops on the trip, the first of an Israeli prime minister since Ariel Sharon in 2003, will be in Mumbai, where he will meet on January 18 with stars and executives from India’s gigantic film industry. Bollywood mega celebrities have a tremendous influence around the world, said Cohen.