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Modi to host Israeli PM in Guj on Jan 17

12 January 2018

An Israeli news station aired an audio recording Monday of what it said was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son drunkenly bragging outside a strip club in 2015.

Along with the business delegation Netanyahu will be accompanied by a very special guest for India from Israel.

Netanyahu will be the third head of state to land in Ahmedabad, after Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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The station relayed a statement from the Netanyahu family calling the recordings part of a witch hunt against the prime minister. Netanyahu explained in Jerusalem on Thursday that the two may meet before March.

He said the agriculture and water are the major strategic cooperation areas between the two nations and India will further like to expand the cooperation in these areas.

He will have a bilateral meeting with Modi and also attend the annual "Raisina Dialogue", a geo-political conference, and address an India-Israeli CEO forum in the capital, said Joint Secretary in External Affairs Ministry B. Bala Bhaskar.

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Ahead of the visit, Israel's Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon said, "The Prime Minister's visit to India is the grand finale to the celebrations of 25 years of Growing Partnership between India and Israel". An eight-kilometre-long roadshow is said to have been arranged from the airport to the ashram. They will also visit the iCreate innovation campus and center. He'll be visiting Mumbai for the first time after that incident.

On 18th Jan the Israeli PM will travel to Mumbai where he will meet with Jewish community leaders and select members of the Indian business community. He will also reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event.

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Modi to host Israeli PM in Guj on Jan 17