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Netanyahu's visit to focus on economic issues: Israeli daily

IANS  |  Jerusalem 

Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to is expected to focus on economic issues and will not be the central part of discussions with Modi, an Israeli daily said on Sunday.

"Like Modi's visit to last July, this trip will focus more on economic and technological cooperation and development than on regional issues," the Post said as the Netanyahu became the first Israeli to visit New after 2003.

The reciprocal visit underlined "the strength of the relationship between the two countries", the Post said.

The daily said this did not mean that geopolitical issues would not be discussed.

Modi is expected to visit the next month as part of a trip that will also take him to the (UAE) but this issue will not be the central part of Netanyahu's discussions, it said.

The Post quoted unnamed Israeli diplomatic officials as saying they did not expect India's vote against on the issue in the last month to cloud the visit.

"The issue is behind us," one said.

On Monday, Netanyahu will be formally welcomed at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace, followed by a visit to Rajghat, the memorial to

From there Netanyahu will go to House, for another meeting - and lunch - with Modi. He will then meet with India's Ram Nath Kovind, followed by an event with Indian and Israeli business leaders, the Post said.

Representatives of some 100 top Israeli firms were accompanying Netanyahu, and a number of economic round tables are scheduled during the visit, it said.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu will go to the in He will return to that night and be the at a symposium sponsored each year by the and a leading think tank. Modi will address the symposium as well.

Netanyahu will travel to Modi's home state of on Wednesday, to on Thursday and is scheduled to arrive home a few hours before Shabbat on Friday.

Netanyahu's son had been invited on the trip but he did not join his family Saturday night when they embarked on their trip, the Post said.

"Last week, a secret tape was aired on Channel 2 in which the Prime Minister's son, as he was driven around to strip joints in a car and with a security team paid for by the state, made disparaging comments about women and boasted that his father had arranged a massive business deal for the father of one of his friends," the Post said.



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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 16:38 IST