Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Monday hold delegation level talks with his Israeli counterpart and “friend” Benjamin Netanyahu, officials said.
The visiting Israeli PM will begin his official engagements by being formally welcomed by President Ram Nath Kovind and inspecting a guard of honour at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
He will then head to Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial at Raj Ghat to pay his respects and lay a wreath at the memorial.
The Israeli PM will meet Modi at Hyderabad House and hold delegation level talks to pave way for various projects related to cooperation in innovation, technology transfer, defence supplies, and economic relations.
The issue of India’s vote at the UN will also figure in the talks.
The two sides will sign agreements and also issue a joint press statement.
Breaking protocol, Modi on Sunday personally received Netanyahu with a warm hug as he arrived here on a six-day visit to step up growing trade as well as military and strategic ties between the two countries.
The visit, which marks 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, comes six months after Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the Jewish state in July last year.
In a sign of growing importance to the ties with Israel, the government on Sunday renamed Delhi’s Teen Murti Chowk as Teen Murti-Haifa Chowk after the Israeli city.
Netanyahu’s entourage includes the largest-ever delegation of Israeli business people of some 130.
At least nine commercial agreements are expected be signed during the visit. These include memoranda of understanding on gas and oil, renewable energy, aviation, industrial research and development, cybersecurity, reciprocal investments, supplementary medicine, space research and joint movie productions, Haaretz said.
This is the first visit to India by an Israeli Prime Minister since Ariel Sharon came in 2003..