Israeli PM to visit India

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-18 15:12:32|Editor: Yurou
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NEW DELHI, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is slated to arrive in India in January next year on a three-day visit, sources said on Saturday.

Netanyahu will be the second Israeli prime minister to visit India after Ariel Sharon in 2003, following the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1992.

Netanyahu's first stop will be the western city of Ahmedabad in Indian Prime Minister Narandra Modi's homestate of Gujarat on Jan. 14, where he will be hosted by Modi himself.

"Trade, agriculture and innovation are likely to be on the agenda of the talks between the two prime ministers," sources said.

From Gujarat, the Israeli prime minister will travel to the Indian capital where he is also likely to call on President Ram Nath Kovind, sources said.

"Netanyahu may also visit the northern Indian city of Agra to see the iconic Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world," sources said.

India and Israel are working toward a free trade agreement. Bilateral trade between the countries, except defence, stands at 5 billion U.S. dollars.