Stage set for Israeli PM’s six-day visit, starting Sunday

New Delhi: The stage is set to welcome Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will be the first Prime Minister from his country in last the 15 years, to visit India, from Sunday. According to official sources here, the visiting dignitary will arrive in New Delhi on Sunday afternoon and would also visit Teen Murti Haifa Chowk, which has been named after the Israel city of Haifa, as a mark of tribute to the history of India-Israel relations. The other agenda of the day would include calling on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Netanyahu will be given a ceremonial reception on Monday, at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The Israeli Prime Minister would also visit Raj Ghat and lay wreath at the Memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. The much talked-about meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be held at Hyderabad House, which will be followed by delegation-level talks. A series of agreements and pacts are likely to be signed by the two sides and there could be a press statement as well, sources said. Ariel Sharon was the first Israeli Prime Minister to visit India in 2003, while Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel last year. Netanyahu would later in the evening call on President Ram Nath Kovind, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Later in the evening, the visiting dignitary would also attend the India-Israel CEOs Forum, which will be followed by the India Israel Business Summit. On Tuesday, the Israeli Prime Minister will visit Agra, to appreciate the majestic beauty of the monument of love – Taj Mahal. After returning from Agra, Netanyahu will participate at the annual Raisina Dialogue, organised by the Observer Research Foundation. Netanyahu will fly to Ahmedabad on Wednesday and would, among other things, visit the historic Sabarmati Ashram. There is also a possibility of a roadshow in Ahmedabad by Netanyahu, along with his Indian counterpart Modi, with whom he has been able to strike a personal rapport during Modi’s Israel visit last year. The same evening, he would emplane for Mumbai. On Thursday, Netanyahu would have a ‘power breakfast’ with the Indian CEOs. This will be followed by wreath laying at Taj Hotel Mumbai, which was the target of 26/11 terror attack in 2008. He would also visit Nariman House – Chabad Centre in Mumbai. Netanyahu would emplane for home on the morning of Friday, sources said. (UNI)