New Delhi, Jan 15: Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has said India’s vote in favour of Palestine will not affect its relations between the two countries. Netanyahu, on the first day of six-day India visit, said India-Israel relations are like “marriage made in heaven”. India had voted against the United States President Donald Trump‘s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in the United Nations. Also Read - Bihar Polls: Rahul Gandhi Accuses PM Modi of Not Talking About Problems Like Unemployment Faced by Our Country
Expecting an improvement in relations, Netanyahu said his India visit is a testimony that relationship is moving in right direction. India and Israel will ink deals in the fields of technology, agriculture and defence. Also Read - Boost to India's Air Power: 3 More Rafale Fighter Jets to Arrive in Ambala on November 5
“I don’t think one vote affects a general trend you can see in many other votes and these visits,” India Today quoted Netanyahu as saying. He added that India’s vote in the United Nations came as a disappointment but the relations must move forward. “Yes, naturally we were disappointed, but this visit is a testimony that our relationship is moving on so many fronts forward,” said Netanyahu. Also Read - Save Bihar From 'Jungle Raj': PM Modi Slams Lalu's RJD at Darbhanga Rally
Calling the relations between India and Israel special, Netanyahu dubbed it a marriage made in heaven. “First of all, there is a special relationship between the two countries, between their people and then between the leaders. The partnership between India and Israel is a marriage made in heaven but consecrated on earth,” Netanyahu said.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, breaking all protocols, received Netanyahu at Indira Gandhi International Airport on Sunday. Netanyahu will also be visiting Delhi, Agra, Gujarat and Mumbai and will be accompanied by the Indian Prime Minister on extensive portions of his visit.
Hours after landing in Delhi, Netanyahu tweeted in Hindi to express happiness over meeting his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for the second time in six months.
(With inputs from agencies)