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Benjamin Netanyahu in India LIVE: Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Narendra Modi at Ceremony to Rename Teen Murti Chowk Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit will involve a series of events that will showcase the growing friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Israeli prime minister.PM Modi will break protocol to receive Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, Netanyahu will arrive Sunday afternoon in New Delhi for a four-day state visit. He is the second Israeli prime minister to visit India in the last 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The first was Ariel Sharon, who was hosted by then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in September 2003. During his stay, Netanyahu is also expected to visit Gujarat and Mumbai. . Netanyahu not only received Modi at the airport in July, PM Modi was accorded the kind of welcome+ by every religious sect that is reserved for popes and US presidents, officials had said then.

Netanyahu’s visit comes six months after PM Narendra Modi became the first-ever Indian PM to visit Israel. Netanyahu had received PM Modi at the airport then. On Sunday, PM Modi is expected to return the gesture.The first stop for PM Modi and Netanyahu will be at the Teen Murti monument where the two leaders will lay a wreath at the monument, commemorating the role of three Indian regiments who fought at the battle of Haifa over a century ago, and today, is an occasion to celebrate the closeness between the two countries. It will be formally renamed the Teen Murti Haifa Chowk and Teen Murti Marg will be known as Teen Murti Haifa Marg. The three bronze statues positioned in a column at the roundabout represent the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers who were part of the 15 Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade. On 23rd September 1918, during the last months of the Sinai and Palestine campaign of the First World War, the brigade successfully captured the city of Haifa from a joint force of Ottomans, Germany and the Austro-Hungarian empire. The capture of Haifa and Acre cleared a route for the Allies to supplies to the city through the sea, though 44 Indian soldiers died in the assault. Till date, the 61 Cavalry celebrates 23rd September as its Raising Day or “Haifa Day. ” During PM Modi’s visit to Israel in July,+ the prime minister had laid wreaths at the Indian war cemetery in Haifa and unveiled a plaque commemorating the memory of Major Dalpat Singh, who led the successful cavalry charge at the battle. “I am deeply honoured to stand here today to salute the valiant soldiers, who laid down their lives for the liberation of Haifa during the first World War,” Modi had written in the visitors’ book.Netanyahu first official meeting will be with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. PM Modi will host Netanyahu for dinner on Sunday night. During his three day visit in Israel, Indian delicacies were specially cooked for PM Modi by an Israeli chef of Indian origin, a personal favourite of Netanyahu’s. Terrorism with a special focus on ISIS, border fencing and cyber security will be brought to the table when India’s security establishment meets the Israeli delegation accompanying Netanyahu. “ISIS is operative in Israel’s neighbourhood and a lot of Indians have reportedly with ISIS. It’s an issue of mutual concern and will be taken up for discussion,” an MHA official said. The fenced India-Pakistan international border and the problems of infiltration, drug trafficking etc that India face is also likely to be discussed. Ministry officials said that the technology and patrolling methods that Israel employs on its border with Palestine is also something that India wants to learn from. This evening I am leaving on an historic visit to India. I will meet with the Prime Minister, my friend Narendra Modi, with the Indian President and with many other leaders. We will sign very many agreements,” Netanyahu said in statement. “We are strengthening ties between Israel and this important global power. This serves our security, economic, trade and tourism interests, as well as many other areas. This is a great blessing for the State of Israel,” he said. “Indian Prime Minister Modi is a close friend of Israel and of mine and I appreciate the fact that he will accompany me on extensive parts of my visit,” Netanyahu said just before leaving for New Delhi. “On this visit I intend to strengthen bilateral relations even more. This visit is an opportunity to enhance cooperation with a global economic,security, technology and tourism power,” he added. India and Israel have deep defence and security ties, and Netanyahu’s six-day visit is likely to further strengthen them. Israel is a major weapons supplier to India,exporting an average of $1 billion of military equipment each year. In April last year, the two countries signed a military deal worth nearly $2 billion which includes the supply of medium-range surface-to-air missiles, launchers and communications technology. On Thursday, Netanyahu will have a power breakfast with Indian CEOs and attend a business seminar. He will also lay a wreath at Taj Hotel Mumbai and pay a visit to Nariman House – Chabad Centre. He will also reach out to Bollywood personalities in an exclusive ‘Shalom Bollywood’ event, that aims at exploring business opportunities for Indian filmmakers in Israel. his wife Sara, will leave for Agra to see Taj Mahal. On the same day, he will visit Delhi and participate in the Raisina Dialogue, where he is scheduled to deliver an inaugural speech. He will leave for Ahmedabad on the fourth day of his tour and visit Sabarmati Ashram. The minister will also attend an event at the International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology (iCreate). He will later visit the Centre of Excellence, Vadrad. On the same day, the minister will leave for Mumbai.]]>

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