Benjamin Netanyahu cancels India visit due to Israel election

This is the second time this year that the Israeli leader has cancelled a planned visit to India, doing so earlier before the April elections.

Speaking to PM Modi on the phone, Netanyahu explained that the reason was the Israeli elections. (Photo: Reuters)

Speaking to PM Modi on the phone, Netanyahu explained that the reason was the Israeli elections. (Photo: Reuters)

Days before his planned day-long visit to India on September 9, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled the trip, citing scheduling issues due to unprecedented repeat polls in Israel.

Speaking to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the phone, Netanyahu explained that the reason was the Israeli elections, which will be held on September 17.

A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said the two leaders spoke over phone and they “agreed that due to scheduling constraints, the prime minister’s visit will take place after the (September 17) elections.”

Netanyahu’s visit to India was scheduled to take place a week before Israel heads to polls.

This is the second time this year that the Israeli leader has cancelled a planned visit to India, doing so earlier before the April elections.

Netanyahu’s planned visit was widely seen in Israel as an effort by him to project his acceptance worldwide and prop up his campaign just days before the repeat polls.

Over the past years, India and Israel have been engaged with each other with multiple high-level visits and cooperation in the economic, energy and defence sectors.

In his January 2018 visit to India, Netanyahu called Modi a “revolutionary leader”, who had transformed the relationship between the two nations.