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Netanyahu sees visit to India as an opportunity to expand cooperation with world power

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed a six-day visit to India starting Sunday as an opportunity to deepen ties and enhance cooperation with a major world power. With such a statement, the head of the Israeli government made before flying to New Delhi.

"During this visit, I intend to further strengthen relations between the two countries," Netanyahu said. "This is an opportunity to strengthen cooperation with a major world power in the areas of economy, defense, technology and tourism." "Prime Minister Modi of India is a close friend of Israel and a friend of mine, and I appreciate the fact that he will personally accompany me for a significant part of the visit," added the head of the Israeli government, whose statements were circulated by his office on Sunday.

As noted in the message, "this visit marks 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and takes place six months after the historic visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel." The office added that the head of the Israeli government, in addition to Modi, will also meet "with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj." The parties will "negotiate and sign a number of agreements", in particular, on cooperation in the areas of air travel, cybersecurity and film production, the oil and gas industry, as well as on the development of mutual direct investment. "The leaders will discuss a detailed work plan to strengthen bilateral ties over the next five years," the ministry said.

In India, the Israeli prime minister will visit New Delhi, Agra, Ahmedabad and Mumbai and take part in several business forums, meet with representatives of the Indian film industry and the leadership of the country's Jewish community. In New Delhi, he will visit the Gandhi memorial, in Mumbai he will take part in a ceremony to commemorate the victims of the 2008 terrorist attacks in this city, the prime minister's office said.

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