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Netanyahu hopeful of expanding ties with India

Press Trust of India  |  Jerusalem 

Not disheartened by India's vote against at the on the issue of Jerusalem, has expressed hope that bilateral ties would receive a further boost during his milestone visit to the country.

in December voted in favour of the UN General Assembly resolution condemning the US for its decision to recognise as the capital of

Netanyahu, who would be leaving for on January 14, said: "Well I would have preferred a different vote to be frank but I dont think it materially changes the tremendous flowering of relations between and Israel".

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

"I think everybody can see that. Modi's visit was a very important milestone in that. My visit to India is the other one," Netanyahu said addressing the Press Office's annual end-of-year reception for the foreign press corps yesterday.

When asked about the impact of Indias recent decision to cancel a half a billion dollars defence deal related to development of spike antitank guided missiles, the Israeli leader said, "I think you are going to see an expansion of economic and other ties regardless of this or that deal".

Pointing towards the tremendous strengthening of ties on all fronts, Netanyahu expressed optimism saying, "overtime I hope I will see a reflection of that more often in the voting of India in international forums.

"It does not nullify the fact that with India, with other countries in and there is a tremendous increase of relations on all fronts," the Israeli Prime Minister noted.

"It just takes longer on the international front," he stressed.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 14:45 IST