Israeli PM's trip is special: Modi

Modi Netanyahu embrace at start of India trip

Modi Netanyahu embrace at start of India trip

During his visit in July a year ago, PM Modi was received by Netanyahu at the airport, and was accorded the kind of welcome by every religious sect that is reserved for popes and USA presidents.

Modi would be accompanying Netanyahu to Gujarat on Wednesday where he will be welcomed in the same fashion as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was with a road show in Ahmedabad.

Netanyahu will be in India on a six-day visit from January 14, during which he will hold comprehensive talks with Modi.

The two prime ministers attended a solemn ceremony at the Teen Murti Memorial on Sunday to mark the formal renaming of Teen Murti Chowk as the Teen Murti Haifa Chowk by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).

"Modi extended an invitation to Netanyahu to visit India at a mutually convenient time" during a July 5 press conference in Jerusalem.

Modi received Netanyahu at the airport reciprocating a gesture Israeli Prime Minister had extended to him when he himself had visited Israel to commence his landmark visit to the west asian nation in July 2017.

The Israeli Prime Minister, who is the second Prime Minister from his country after Ariel Sharon to visit India in the last 25 years, will aim at boosting diplomatic ties with New Delhi.

Netanyahu will also meet President Ram Nath Kovind.

On Tuesday, the minister will leave for Agra and visit Taj Mahal in the city.

In addition, he will give an inaugural speech at the Raisina Dialogue and meet with the Indo-Israeli CEO forum in Delhi. In Ahmedabad, he will visit Sabarmati Ashram. The minister will later visit Centre of Excellence, Vadrad. They will also visit the iCreate innovation campus and center.

The Israeli prime minister will have a number of engagements in Mumbai on 18 January.

The two leaders will also lay a wreath, and sign the visitor's book at the memorial, official sources said. He will also reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event. Modi's in July past year was the first visit by a Prime Minister of India to Israel. Netanyahu had described the invitation as "a deeply moving moment for me, both in personal, but also in national and worldwide terms".

The build up to Netanyahu's visit was soured this month when India called off a deal to buy 8,000 anti-tank guided missiles from Israel's state-owned defence contractor Rafael. Some of them include establishment of a Dollars 40 million joint fund to encourage Israeli and Indian business cooperation, agreements permitting and extending incentives to Bollywood filmmakers looking to shoot in Israel, efforts to promote growth in tourism, and a joint government project in the fields of water and agriculture.