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Netanyahu arrives on Sunday to further boost Indo-Israel ties

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Israeli Benjamin will arrive here on Sunday on a six-day visit during which both the strategic partners will aim to further expand ties on a range of key areas including defence and trade besides deliberating on Israel-relationship.

Modi and will hold talks on Monday covering entire expanse of the ties and explore new areas of cooperation to further deepen the "very very special relationship", the external affairs ministry said.

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

last month had joined 127 other countries to vote in the in favour of a resolution opposing the recent decision of US Donald Trump to recognise as Israel's capital.

"Our policy is not influenced by any third country... our policy is independent," said when asked about India's position on the sensitive issue.

The Israeli will travel to Ahmedabad, and also.

"This is a very very special relationship... We want to take it to higher level," said

Modi had visited the Jewish state in July last year, becoming the first Indian to do so.

Asked whether purchase of Spike anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) from through the government-to-(G- to-G) route will be discussed during Netanyahu's visit, refused to give a direct reply.

In November, the defence ministry had decided to retract the process to acquire a batch of Spike missiles from Israeli firm Now, it is learnt that the is considering buying the missiles through G- to-G route.

said both the countries have long-standing defence ties and new areas of cooperation are being explored.

said aim will be to further boost cooperation in a range of sectors including water, agriculture, scientific research and education.

Ahead of the visit, Israeli said, "The Prime Minister's visit to is the grand finale to the celebrations of 25 years of growing partnership between and "

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

On January 15, will meet with the Indo-Israeli forum here and address a separate business event. will deliver a speech at the Raisina Dialogue on January 16.

will also meet

will leave for on the morning of January 17. In Ahmedabad, will visit Sabarmati Ashram. Modi and will also visit the in Vadrad and inaugurate a for date palms in Bhuj via video conference.

The Israeli will have a number of engagements in on January 18.

The here said will meet with Jewish community leaders and select members of the Indian business community in

It said will reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event.

Asked whether Baby Moshe, the Israeli child who lost his parents in the 2008 terror attack on a Jewish centre in Mumbai, will be part of Netanyahu's delegation or whether will attend Jewish community event, said finer details of the Israeli PM's visit were still being worked out.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 22:05 IST