Benjamin Netanyahu India visit: India presents a vast economic opportunity for Israeli companies, says PM Narendra Modi at CEOs forum

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New Delhi | Updated: January 16, 2018 2:18:35 AM

Benjamin Netanyahu India visit Live Updates: Israeli PM will be given a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan today and he will also meet PM Narendra Modi and hold delegation level talks.

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Benjamin Netanyahu India visit Live Updates: Benjamin Netanyahu received a warm welcome from Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he arrived in India yesterday. Netanyahu met PM Modi after almost six months when PM Modi made a historic visit to Israel. Netanyahu is in India for a six-day state visit. After the renaming ceremony of the Teen Murti Chowk to Teen Murti Hafia Chowk, Netanyahu met with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and later in the evening again met with Narendra Modi. The Israeli Prime Minister is the second Prime Minister from his country after Ariel Sharon to visit India in the last 15 years of a diplomatic relationship. Netanyahu will be visiting Agra tomorrow, with his wife. Later on Tuesday, he will visit Delhi and participate in the Raisina Dialogue, where he is scheduled to deliver an inaugural speech. He is also expected to visit Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Netanyahu is being accompanied by 130 member delegation from sectors like cyber, agriculture and defense.

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9:45 pm: Army chief General Bipin Rawat and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will also address a session, along with Admiral Harry Harris, Commander, US Pacific Command, General Chris Deverell, Joint Forces Commander, UK, among others, the statement said.

9:30 pm: The event, jointly organised by the Ministry of External Affairs and Observer Research Foundation (ORF), will take place at the Taj Palace Hotel in the national capital, the organisers said in a statement.

9:16 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External AffairsMinister Sushma Swaraj will also be a part of the inaugural session of the three-day event, which has an impressive line up of more than 150 speakers and over 550 delegates.

9:01 pm:Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will inaugurate the third edition of the geo-political conference, ‘Raisina Dialogue’, in New Delhi tomorrow.

8:45 pm: India’s development agenda is huge. It presents a vast economic opportunity for Israeli companies. I invite more & more Israeli people, businesses & companies to come & work in India. Along with Govt & people, the business community of India too is keen to join hands: PM Modi

8:35 pm: We want to do more & better. To enable entry of capital & technology, most of the sectors including defence, have been opened for FDI. More than 90 percent of the FDI approvals have been put on automatic route. We are now among the most open economies: PM Modi

8:29 pm: India-Israel Innovation Bridge will act as link between Start-ups of the two sides. I have been saying that Indian Industries, start-ups & academic institutions must collaborate with their Israeli counterparts to access the huge reservoir of knowledge: PM Modi

8:26 pm: We have worked sincerely on ease of doing businesses in India. The results are there for everyone for to see: PM Narendra Modi

8:20 pm: I have always had a deep regard for Israel and its people. I visited Israel in 2006 as CM of Gujarat. Last year in July, I visited Israel, 1st such visit from India. I experienced the remarkable spirit of innovation, enterprise and perseverance that drives Israel: PM Modi

8:15 pm: It is an added pleasure to be with the CEOs of both countries. PM Netanyahu and I have had fruitful interactions with the CEOs of both countries: PM Narendra Modi

8:05 pm: You have brilliant people in India. We have brilliant people in Israel. What we can do, is shape the future together. I believe in India. I came here to say today thank you PM Modi for believing in Israel, we believe in India, says Benjamin Netanyahu

7:53 pm: In the last 5-10 years we have car industries. We have 500 startup companies that receive $ 500 bn investment every year: Israel PM BenjaminNetanyahu

7:49 pm: There is not going to be anymore distinction between high tech and low tech because at the end everything is going to be technology , says Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the event.

7:46 pm: PM  Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Natanyahu arrive to take part in India-Israel CEOs Forum in Delhi.

7:30 pm: The Trilateral Fund will invest in Israeli startups, working in areas like clean water and drones, and bring these technologies to the Indian market.

7:20 pm: The announcement coincides with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to India.

7:05 pm: Selected Indian startups will join other finalists of MassChallenge Israel 2018 for a four-month equity-free
accelerator programme in Jerusalem.

6:45 pm: “By streamlining intellectual and economic exchange, as well as forging new alliances that foster collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship, we can create an osmosis of ideas within this tech triangle unlocking the joint potential of the three allies,” PTI quoted him as saying.

6:30 pm: The relationships and collaboration between the three countries, ranging from economic to socio-cultural exchanges, have nurtured mutual ties over several decades, Nasscom President R Chandrasekhar told reporters in national capital.

6:18 pm: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

President Ram Nath Kovind with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Rashtrapati Bhavan. (ANI)

6:15 pm: Nasscom today inked an agreement with startup accelerator MassChallenge Israel, committing scholarship support of $5,000 each for up to 10 Indian startups.

6:03 pm: India and Israel will strengthen the existing pillars of cooperation in areas such as agriculture, technology and security, PM Modi said at a joint media event with Netanyahu, earlier today.

5:45 pm: The two prime ministers, accompanied by their respective senior Cabinet colleagues, held delegation-level talks during which they also discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest.

5:31 pm: India and Israel today inked nine pacts to boost cooperation in key areas, including cyber security,
after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu held extensive talks to strengthen ties in the strategic areas of defence and counter-terrorism.

5.15 pm: There is no stoppage or ban on any religious pilgrimage. A large number of Indians who go to Israel is for the purpose of religious pilgrimage: Pavan Kapoor, India’s ambassador to Israel,

5.00 pm: We have about 11,000-12,000 Indian caregivers working in Israel. We have found that they get exploited by the agencies. We are working on the Israeli side to stop this: Pavan Kapoor, India’s ambassador to Israel

4.50 pm: We are very excited for the upcoming visit of Baby Moshe, who is no more a baby, where his life was miraculously saved by Indian Army. His visit to Nariman House is very emotional & sensitive so we want you to co-operate with us: Rabbi Israel Kozlovsky, Chabad Mumbai Director

4.45 pm: PM Narendra Modi looks on as Benjamin Netanyahu signs visitors’ Book at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

4.35 pm: All of you who would have seen the television shots, the warmth and the relations of India-Israel was evident. It was evident in the reception at the Airport and at the dinner which was hosted by PM Modi: Vijay Gokhale, MEA Secretary (economic relations)

4.30 PM: The fund that was announced by both the Prime Ministers at Tel Aviv, at the time of PM Modi’s visit, has now been operationalized: Vijay Gokhale, MEA Secretary (economic relations)

4.25 pm: The two PMs are extremely pleased with the outcome of their thoughts. PM Netanyahu is looking forward to his visit to Gujarat: Vijay Gokhale, MEA Secretary (economic relations)

4.20 pm: As far as the issue of Palestine is concerned, it was discussed. Our side made its stand clear on the issues of Palestine & Jerusalem but our relations are much larger than single issues: Vijay Gokhale, MEA Secretary (economic relations)

4.15 pm: We did discuss defence co-operation but not at the liberty to discuss the details: Vijay Gokhale, MEA Secretary (economic relations)

4.10 pm: WATCH | Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife, along with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Raj Ghat memorial to the late Mahatma Gandhi.

4.04 pm: WATCH | Vijay Gokhale, secretary of Ministry of External Affairs

4.02 pm: Vijay Gokhale, secretary of Ministry of External Affairs addressed media on meeting of PM Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu

4.00 pm: MEA media briefing starts on the meeting of PM Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu

3.55 pm: WATCH |

3.45 pm: Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu will address a business summit with a focus on expanding India-Israel economic cooperation.

3.30 pm: PICTURES | PM Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu witnessing the Exchange of MoUs/Agreements between India and Israel at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

3:17 pm: WATCH |

3:03 pm:  A large Israeli business contingent is travelling with Netanyahu. On Monday evening Netanyahu will attend the India-Israel CEO Forum Meeting.

2:50 pm: Netanyahu’s schedule includes a visit to Agra, to visit the Taj Mahal, and to Gujarat, prime minister Modi’s home state. He will also visit India’s business capital Mumbai where apart from meeting business leaders he is also slated to meet with the leaders of India’s tiny Jewish community.

2.40 pm: Some of the issues discussed on day 2 of Netanyahu’s visit in India.

2.25 pm: Froim Ditza, Minister, Head of public diplomacy at Embassy of Israel tweets:

2.22 pm: WATCH | Democracy cannot be taken for granted. India and Israel are living proofs that democracy works: PM Netanyahu to PM Modi

2.20 pm: WATCH | “My friend Narendra if anytime you want to do a Yoga class with me, it is a big stretch but I will be there”: PM Benjamin Netanyahu to PM Modi

2.17 pm: “Translating statements into action: Exchange of bilateral agreements in various fields, with a strong emphasis on #innovation. These will further facilitate #GrowingPartnership #NetanyahuinIndia,” tweets Embassy of Israel in India.

2.14 pm: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Twitter:

2.13 pm: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Twitter:

2.11 pm: Together India-Israel achieve tremendous things for our people: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to PM Narendra Modi

2.10 pm: “Thank you for your exceptional friendship and hospitality. I was deeply moved today, ” said PM Benjamin Netanyahu to PM Narendra Modi

2.09 pm: My friend Narendra if anytime you want to do a Yoga class with me,you are welcome, thought it will be a bit of stretch: PM Benjamin Netanyahu

2.08 pm: Jews in India have never witnessed antisemitism like in some other countries, this is a tribute to India’s great civilization, tolerance and democracy: PM Benjamin Netanyahu

2.07 pm: It (PM Modi’s visit to Israel) excited all Israelis & of course many Israelis of Indian descent & origin came. Well I thought I was in a rock concert. But it was a historic event: Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

2.06 pm: We remember the horrific savagery in Mumbai(26/11 attacks), we will never give in and will fight back: Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

2.05 pm: “You are revolutionizing India,” said Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

2.04 pm: “You are a revolutionary leader, you have revolutionized India and catapulting this state to the future, your visit to Israel was groundbreaking as it was the first time an Indian leader visited,” said Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to PM Narendra Modi.

2.03 pm: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the joint press conference with Narendra Modi.

2.02 pm: We exchanged views on scaling up the Centers of Excellence that have been a main-stay of agricultural cooperation: PM Modi

2.01 pm: Last year in July, I carried the greetings & friendship of 1.25 billion Indians during my momentous journey to Israel. In return, I was overwhelmed by the generous affection & warmth of the Israeli people led by my friend Bibi (Benjamin Netanyahu): PM Modi

2.01 pm: I am delighted to have the chance to be with PM @netanyahu in my home state, Gujarat, day after. There we will have another opportunity to see the fulfillment of the promise, which our mutual cooperation holds in diverse areas such as agriculture, technology, and innovation: PM Modi

2.00 pm: In Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, I have a counter-part who is equally committed to taking the India-Israel relationship to soaring new heights: PM Modi

1.58 pm: In defence, I have invited Israeli companies to take advantage of the liberalized FDI regime to make more in India with our companies. We are venturing into less explored areas of cooperation such as oil & gas, cyber security, films and start-ups: PM Modi.

1.58 pm: In Defence, I have invited Israeli companies to take advantage of the liberalized FDI regime to make more in India with our companies: PM Modi

1.57 pm: We will strengthen existing pillars of cooperation in areas that touch the lives of our peoples. These are agriculture, science and technology and security: PM Modi

1.56 pm: Today and yesterday we reviewed progress in our relations and renewed our relations on the opportunities that beckon us: PM Modi.

1.55 pm: We have imparted our shared impatience to the implementation of our earlier decisions. The results are already visible on the ground. Our discussions today were marked by convergence to accelerate our engagement and to scale up our partnership: PM Modi.

1.54 pm: WATCH |

1.53 pm: Today and yesterday we reviewed progress in our relations and renewed our relations on the opportunities that beckon us: PM Modi.

1.52 pm: Total nine MoUs signed including those on film cooperation, homeopathy alternative medicine.

1.50 pm: My good friend welcome to India, your visit marks a special beginning to our new year calendar: PM Modi.

1.48 pm: Exchange of MoUs between India & Israel including on cyber cooperation & science and technology.

1.45 pm: PM Narendra Modi and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu issue press statement in Delhi.

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1.40 pm: MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar shares images of the bilateral meeting between PM Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu.

1.30 pm: PM Narendra Modi and Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu hold a bilateral meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

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1.15 pm: Froim Ditza, Minister, Head of public diplomacy at Embassy of Israel tweets, “A clear indication of the positive steady progress in the bilateral relations.”

1.00 pm: Visuals from Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

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12.45 pm: MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweets, “A partnership made for the 21st century, between two vibrant democracies! PM @narendramodi receives Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at Hyderabad House ahead of talks.”

12.30 pm: Visuals from the bilateral meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

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12.20 pm: PM Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu hold bilateral meet in Delhi.

12.00 pm: More visuals of Netanyahu and his wife at Mahatma Gandhi memorial

11.45 am: The Prime Minister’s office tweets images of today’s ceremonial welcome for PM Benjamin Netanyahu at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

11.30 am: “It is the dawn of a new era in the great friendship between India and Israel,” said Benjamin Netanyahu.

11.25 am: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at Raj Ghat’s visitor’s diary wrote, “Such grander and simplicity in honor of modern India’s founding father, one of the world’s great spiritual leaders. In deepest friendship and respect,”

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11.20 am: Earlier visuals of Benjamin Netanyahu at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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11.15 am: WATCH | Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara attended the ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

11.10 am: More visuals of Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sara Netanyahu at Raj Ghat.

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11.05 am: Meanwhile, Moshe Holtzberg the child who lost his parents during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks will return to the Nariman House in Mumbai this week.

11.00 am: Froim Ditza Minister, Head of public diplomacy at Embassy of Israel in New Delhi tweets, “Day 2 of Israeli PM in Delhi starts at Rashtrapati Bhawan.”

10.55 am: Visuals at the Raj Ghat

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10.50 am: WATCH | Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu signs the Visitors diary at the Raj Ghat.

10.46 am: Benjamin Netanyahu signs visitors diary at the Raj Ghat.

10.44 am: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat.

10.40 am: Visuals from Raj Ghat.

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10.35 am: PM Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at Raj Ghat, the Mahatma Gandhi memorial with wife Sara Netanyahu.

10.30 am: Visiting Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu inspecting the Guard of Honour at Rashtrapati Bhawan

10.20 am: It began with PM Modi’s historic visit to Israel that created tremendous enthusiasm, it continues with my visit here which I must say is deeply moving for me, my wife&people of Israel.Heralds a flourishing partnership to bring prosperity, peace &progress for our people: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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10.18 am: While talking to the media at Rashtrapati Bhawan, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said, “This is a dawn of a new era in the friendship between India and Israel.”

10.14 am: Benjamin Netanyahu meets with senior government officials, cabinet ministers of Modi government and Army chief General Bipin Rawat.

10.12 am: Visuals from Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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10.10 am: WATCH |

10.08 am: Guard of honour for the Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

10.05 am: Israeli PM’s ceremonial reception begins at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

10.02 am: Visuals from last night at PM Modi’s residence.

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9.58 am: Visuals at Rashtrapati Bhawan. PM Modi attends the ceremonial reception of Benjamin Netanyahu in Delhi.

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9.55 am: “You fight terrorism by fighting it,” Netanyahu said yesterday. “Our defence relationship is quite significant and comprises many things. I think the key word here is defence. We want to defend ourselves, we are not aggressive nations. We are very committed to making sure that none can commit an aggression against the either one of us,” he said.

9.50 am: Watch | PM Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu at the Modi’s residence

9.40 am: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to receive ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi shortly.

9.30 am: WATCH | Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu meets External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

9.20 am: Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “In the presence of PM Benjamin Netanyahu, paid tributes to the brave Indian soldiers who fought at Haifa. The spot where we commemorate their sacrifice will now be called Teen Murti – Haifa Chowk.”

9.10 am: On Sunday, PM Modi broke security protocol to receive Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the airport.

9.00 am: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to hold delegation level talks, sign agreements and deliver a press statement.

8.50 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu for dinner at his official residence in Delhi last night.

8.40 am: The Israeli PM also wrote: “My first visit to India, a world power that is strengthening its relations with Israel. I am excited about this historic week that will further strengthen Israel’s international standing.”

8.30 am: Upon arrival, Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted: “We have landed in India. Thank you to my good friend Narendra Modi for the warm welcome!”

8.20 am: Benjamin Netanyahu will attend the India-Israel Business Summit later today.

8.10 am: Netanyahu will be meeting PM Narendra Modi and hold delegation level talks.

8.05 am: Israel PM will be visiting Shanti Van to pay his tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and lay wreath at the memorial.

8.00 am: Benjamin Netanyahu will be given a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan today.

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