Warm welcome awaits Benjamin Netanyahu in Ahmedabad

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an official welcoming ceremony upon his arrival in Israel at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday during the 2018 Israel Business Conference in Jerusalem that he will fly to Washington to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in March or earlier.

Joint Secretary (West Asia-North Africa division) in the ministry B Bala Bhaskar said the Palestinian issue is likely to figure in the talks between the two prime ministers besides other key issues of mutual importance.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also visited the Jewish state in July, becoming the first Indian premier to do so.

He said the agriculture and water are the major strategic cooperation areas between the two nations and India will further like to expand the cooperation in these areas.

Israel's Saare Tzedek hospital would be signing an agreement with India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as well. Technion-Israel Institute of Technology would also be signing an agreement with Ministry of Science and Technology, sources in Jerusalem said.

Netanyahu pointed out that apart from meeting with the Russian leader, he would also make a visit to India soon, holding talks with the country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while he also meant to meet with US President Donald Trump "in Washington in March, if not sooner".

He said the visit will focus on the progress made between India and Israel since Modi's visit to Israel last summer, and on shaping the next 25 years of relations between the two countries.

India and Israel will reaffirm their already strong economic and defence ties, and Netanyahu will also emphasising the bond that the two nations, which celebrated the silver jubilee of their diplomatic relatons previous year. He will also be visiting Gujarat on January 17.

Modi would be accompanying Netanyahu to Gujarat on Wednesday where he will be welcomed in the same fashion as Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was with a "road show" in Ahmedabad.

The Israeli Prime Minister would be formally welcomed the next day at the Rashtrapari Bhawan following which he would lay wreath at Rajghat.

The Mumbai leg includes Netanyahu's film industry outreach - Shalom Bollywood, an interaction with the Jewish community and a meeting with business heads.

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