February is turning out to be diplomatically active for Modi — on February 21-22, prime minister Modi will travel to Seoul for a day to receive the Seoul Peace Prize. Netanyahu’s visit can only happen after that.
Indian officials remained tight-lipped, but sources said that although all the details of the visit had not yet been finalized, it is being “worked on.”
Reportedly, Israel’s NSA, Meir Ben-Shabbat recently visited India where he met his counterpart Ajit Doval and called on PM Modi. This would be probably the last big incoming visit by a head of government before the Indian elections.
PM Modi was credited for ‘Modinomics’ that the award committee said, “reduced social and economic disparity between the rich and poor in the country.”
The Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation, headed by Kwon E-Hyock announced the award in October. The committee labeled Modi “the perfect candidate.”
Ben-Shabbat apparently flew in on an Air India flight from Israel — its the only airline allowed to fly over Saudi, airspace to get to Israel. Netanyahu, according to Haaretz, also spoke to Modi on the phone. The Israeli PM was in India on an official visit in January 2018. The last visit saw both sides inking a $500 million Spike anti-tank missile deal. But recent media reports say there has been a recent hitch in the process.