Modi to host Israeli counterpart in home state Gujarat

Modi to host Israeli counterpart in home state Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in his home state Gujarat on Wednesday.

This is the third foreign head of state whom Modi has invited to visit his home state since he took over reins of the country in 2014. Earlier, he had hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. While the Prime Minister took the Chinese president to Sabarmati River front for showcasing the cultural heritage of Gujarat, he had held a 8-km-long roadshow for the Japanese premier from the airport to Sabarmati Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi. He would embark on a similar roadshow with the Israeli Prime Minister.

And like Shinzo Abe and his wife, Netanyahu and his wife Sara too would be accompanied by Modi on a visit to the Gandhi Ashram, on the banks of the Sabarmati river. The city of Ahmedabad has been decked up to welcome the dignitaries, with the local government   sprucing up the route for over a week now. As many as 5,000 police personnel have been deployed for security of both the Prime Ministers.

Tech campus

After spending time on the iconic riverfront and Ashram, the two leaders will visit International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology (iCreate) near Sanand near Ahmedabad. Here, they would inaugurate a newly built campus. iCreate was launched by Modi as the chief minister of Gujarat in 2011 to help entrepreneurs with their start up ventures.

Later, the duo will visit a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for vegetables in Vadrad near Prantij in Sabarkantha district. The Centre has been set up under the Indo-Israel Agriculture Work Plan for exchange of advanced farming technology. It also helps farmers take up precision farming of vegetables and provides training and guidance on controlled farming techniques using net houses and seedlings developed at the "Plug Nursery". The dignitaries would also inaugurate a research facility for cultivation of dates in Kutch via remote.

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