Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu set to arrive in India today

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in Delhi India

Earlier during the opening of the Knesset's (Israeli parliament) winter session last month, Netanyahu said, "In the past year, I have visited all continents besides Antarctica and in January, I will make a reciprocal visit to my dear good friend, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India".

Later in the day, he will meet Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. Modi and he will also visit the Center of Excellence in Vadrad and inaugurate a Center of Excellence for date palms in Bhuj via video conference.

The visit marks 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Indian prime minister skipped Palestine during his trip leading many analysts to say that New Delhi was changing its rules of engagement in the region.

However, Rafael also said that India has canceled a separate $ 500 million deal for the purchase of Spike anti-tank missiles. Netanyahu will be in India on a six-day visit from January 14, during which he will hold comprehensive talks with Modi. He will also lay wreath at Taj Hotel Mumbai and pay a visit to Nariman House - Chabad Centre. Now, it is learnt that the government is considering buying the missiles through government-to-government route. India has a long and wide ranging defence cooperation with Israel.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had told reporters that Netanyahu will hold a roadshow with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad on Jan 17.

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Modi had visited the Jewish state in July previous year, becoming the first Indian premier to do so.

"Since we talk about democracies, similar values, similar challenges..., the relationship is so strong between both the countries that our feeling is (that) nothing can reverse it", he said. Netanyahu is being accompanied by the largest business delegation that has travelled with an Israeli premier on an overseas tour.

Netanyahu's visit comes days after India voted against Israel at the United Nations on the Jerusalem issue.

Daniel Carmon, the Israeli ambassador to India, said that the Israeli-India ties would withstand any troubles.

Last month, however, India had voted at the UN General Assembly against the recognition by US President Donald Trump of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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