Israel PM to arrive on six-day India trip

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Israel's foreign ministry deputy director general for Asia, Gilad Cohen, on Wednesday said the trip was meant to further deepen political, trade and cultural ties.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be visiting India on a six-day tour.

Netanyahu will be the first Israeli prime minister to visit India since the late Ariel Sharon traveled to the subcontinent in 2003. Calling Mr. Netanyahu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi as "ideological soulmates", the edit says: "One represents right-wing ultra Jewish nationalism while the other is an advocate of right-wing Hindutva nationalism".

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Netanyahu is also likely to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra and will be in Mumbai for a business meet before he flies home next Friday.

In addition, he will give an inaugural speech at the Raisina Dialogue and meet with the Indo-Israeli CEO forum in Delhi.

In July past year, Modi visited Israel as the first Indian Prime Minister since the establishment of bilateral ties in 1992.

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The PM will host a grand lunch for his guest, and the two leaders will visit Sabarmati ashram.

Netanyahu will be the second Israeli premier to visit India after diplomatic ties were established between the two sides in 1992. An eight-kilometre-long roadshow is said to have been arranged from the airport to the ashram.

In Gujarat, the Indian and Israeli Prime Ministers will visit the Center of Excellence in Vadrad and inaugurate a Center of Excellence for date palms in Bhuj via video conference. They will also visit the iCreate innovation campus and centre.

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In Mumbai, Netanyahu will highlight the importance of fighting terrorism. The first time was in February of 2017. He will reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event.

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