Israeli PM's trip is special: Modi

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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. He was received at the airport by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"The two prime ministers drove straight from the airport to Teenmurti Chowk to pay homage to the soldiers of Mysore Lancers, Jodhpur Lancers and Hyderabad Lancers, who had fought for the allied forces to wrest control of Haifa â€" now a major port city on Mediterranean Coast of Israel â€" from the Ottoman Empire in September 2018 during World War I.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the Jewish state in July past year, becoming the first Indian premier to do so.

The Israeli PM will be accompanied by a 130-member delegation from various sectors including cyber, agriculture and defence. Netanyahu will also meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and hold delegation level talks.

On the strong bond between the two leaders which was driving the current Indo-Israeli ties, Carmon said the relationship between India and Israel is an "all-weather friendship".

Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon on Friday down played India's stand at the UN General Assembly over the United States decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in place of Tel Aviv, saying New Delhi's view "cannot influence" Indo-Israel ties.

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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.

The visiting dignitary, on Monday, will be given a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan which will be followed by the wreath laying at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.

But he will also make an emotional visit to a Jewish centre targeted in the 2008 Mumbai attacks during his tour, a symbolic gesture to India's tiny and shrinking Jewish community.

Netanyahu had called Modi's "historic visit" a "very significant step" in strengthening bilateral relations that are on a "constant upswing".

Modi will also join Netanyahu during a visit to a Center of Excellence for Vegetables at Vadrad in Gujarat.

The two prime ministers will also inaugurate another Center of Excellence for Date Palms in Bhuj through video conference.

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