New Delhi: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to sign a multi-billion dollar agreement for Israeli anti-tank missiles during his India visit starting on Sunday. Along with this, the two countries will also take steps to strengthen cooperation in key areas such as trade and defense. Netanyahu is on a six-day visit to India on Sunday. During his visit, he will hold detailed talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will also go to Gujarat and Mumbai. Israel’s ambassador in India, Daniel Corman, without mentioning the nuances of Israeli ‘Spike’ missiles, said that the ‘Spike’ project is an example of ‘Israel’s engagement in Make in India’, because an Israeli company and Indian company It can be implemented through a partnership.
A few months ago, the Ministry of Defense decided to abandon the process of buying ‘Spike’ missiles from Israeli company Raphael Advanced Defense Systems. Now it is being told that the purchase of these missiles is being considered in the manner of “government-to-government” mode. According to the original proposal, India has planned to buy ATGM for the army at a cost of $ 500 million. Carman said apart from the top Israeli officials, 130 delegates from a business delegation will be with him during Netanyahu’s visit. The Israeli ambassador did not burden India’s position in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and said it could not “affect the relationship between India and Israel”.
Last month, 128 countries, including India, had voted in favor of the resolution in the UNGA, in which the decision of the US President Donald Trump to protest against Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was opposed.