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Israeli ambassador to India Daniel Carmon on Friday said issues like India's vote in favour of an Arab resolution against USA president Donald Trump's move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish country would continue to remain a matter for discussion through diplomatic channels but will not mar bilateral relations that have warmed in recent years.

"I don't think it can influence the relationship".

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which charts arms sales around the world, Israel sold $599m worth of arms to India in 2016, making it India's second-largest weapons supplier after Russian Federation, which sold India $1.6 billion in arms that year, says the Post.

Non-military trade between the two countries in 2016 reached $4.2 billion.

India had last month joined 127 other countries to vote in the UNGA in favour of a resolution opposing the recent decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

India, which has long standing territorial disputes with neighbors China and Pakistan, has signed several big-ticket defense deals since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014.

India's Kalyani group and Israel's state-run Rafael Advanced Defence Systems had commissioned Rs 70 crore production facility near Hyderabad in August a year ago, anticipating that the Israeli firm would bag the contract. Over 150 corporate leaders will be accompanying the prime minister on the trip.


Also in PM Netanyahu's delegation will be the head of the Rafael Advanced Defence Systems that lost out on $500-million deal to purchase Spike anti-tank guided missiles.

Indian diplomats told the Hindustan Times on Wednesday that the ministry had no objection to the Indian army buying the Spike missiles.

He would be then participating in a dialogue at Hyderabad house which will also include a one-on-one discussion with Modi.

During his terms in office as prime minister - in 1996-1999 and from 2009 till now - Netanyahu has visited Russian Federation 12 times.

Israeli ambassador to India Daniel Carmon has termed it a historic visit, which will strengthen the growing partnership between the two countries.

The Ambassador mentioned Israel's support to the Indian candidate for the International Court of Justice, Judge Dalveer Bhandari, last year.

"Since we talk about democracies, similar values, similar challenges..., the relationship is so strong between both the countries that our feeling is (that) nothing can reverse it", he said. It is reported that he will be accompanied by the relatives of the Jewish priest who was killed along with his wife in the 26/11 attack in Mumbai.


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