Gujarat is set to roll out the red carpet for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he arrives in capital city Ahmedabad Wednesday along with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
The two leaders will hold a roadshow, which will begin from the city airport and end at the Sabarmati Ashram, a journey of eight kilometres, news agency PTI reports.
Around 50 stages will be erected on the roadside along the stretch and people from different states of India will welcome Netanyahu.
The two leaders, who hit it off during Modi’s visit to Israel in July last year, the first by an Indian prime minister, would visit two centres of excellence and inaugurate another such facility.
They will visit the Sabarmati Ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed for a long time.
“Around 50 stages have been built along the roadside on the eight-kilometre stretch. Cultural programmes will be performed by troupes of different states as well as ethnicity to welcome the guests,” Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s standing committee chairman Pravin Patel said.
“The Indian Jewish people will also welcome the two leaders,” he said.
The city, especially the stretch from the airport to the Sabarmati Ashram, has been decked up to welcome Netanyahu along with his wife Sara.
From the Ashram, Modi and Netanyahu would go to ‘iCreate’, an autonomous centre of excellence near Bavla town close to the city, Rupani said.
The Israeli prime minister will also present Modi a special gift — the Gal-Mobile water desalinisation and purification jeep the two leaders rode at Israel’s Olga beach last year.
There will be a live demonstration of desalination of sea water that the two prime ministers will witness through video conferencing from the iCreate centre on Janaury 17.
The jeep is said to cost around 390,000 shekels (approximately USD 111,000).
The two leaders would then proceed for a Sabarkantha- based centre of excellence for agriculture established by Israel. They will inaugurate a research facility for cultivation of dates in Kutch by remote control from Sabarkantha.
Earlier today, Netanyahu and his wife Sara spent over an hour visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra on Tuesday.
The Israeli Prime Minister and his wife were welcomed by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at the Kheria airport early in the morning.