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Netanyahu not welcome in India: CPM

12 January 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will embark on a six-day visit to India, starting from January 14.

During a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Prime Minister Netanyahu told Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked that there should be an investigation into the legality of leaking such recordings. Israelis were angered by Netanyahu's disparaging remarks about women, his use of taxpayer-funded vehicle and bodyguard to visit a strip club, and his bragging about his father helping a businessman.

The meeting was well attended by Maulana Mahmood Madani, Sirajuddin Quraishi, President India Islamic Culture Centre, John Dayal, Secretary General All India Christian Council, Harcharan Singh Josh, Ashok Bharati Dalit leader, Naveed Hamed, President All India Muslim Majlis Mushavirat and Maulana Niyaz Farooqui member Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind.

In Gujarat, Modi and Netanyahu will visit the Centre of Excellence in Vadrad and inaugurate a Centre of Excellence for date palms in Bhuj via video conference.

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Most of the public outcry, however, involved the younger Netanyahu's comments to the son of Israeli tycoon Kobi Maimon about how the prime minister advanced a controversial gas deal in parliament that benefited his father.

Now trade between the two countries is around 5 billion United States dollars, of which three billions is for exports.

On January 15, Netanyahu will meet with the Indo-Israeli CEO forum here and address a separate business event.

"These issues have set mechanism". He said the discussion on Free Trade Agreement with Israel is underway.

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He said aim will be to further boost cooperation in a range of sectors including water, agriculture, scientific research and education.

"Bro, my dad now arranged for you a $20 billion deal, and you can't spot me 400 shekels?" he added.

The prime minister, who has repeatedly attacked the media as his legal troubles have mounted, issued a typical response after the recordings were released, calling them the height of a media-orchestrated witch hunt aimed at ousting him and saying the press had stooped to unprecedented "persecution, bloodletting and shaming". "This visit is actually visit accomplishment of 25 years of ties". They will also visit the innovation centre.

The visiting dignitary will meet the Jewish community leaders.

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"The Prime Minister's visit to India is the grand finale to the celebrations of 25 years of Growing Partnership between India and Israel. The Prime Minister will reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event", the statement read.

Netanyahu not welcome in India: CPM