Modi welcomes Israeli PM at start of India trip; the first Israeli Prime Minister to visit India in more than a decade. Israel and India will announce deals and joint investments in areas ranging from defence to renewable energy….reports Asian Lite News
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived here on Sunday on a six-day visit that will also take him to Mumbai and Gujarat. He was received at the airport by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A smiling Modi embraced Netanyahu and then shook hands both with him and his wife as they stepped on the red carpet at the airport here.
Before embarking on the flight, Netanyahu had said: “We are strengthening the relationship between Israel and this important world power. This helps us with security, the economy, trade, tourism and many other aspects.
“It is a very great blessing to the state of Israel,” he added.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar underlined that Modi had departed from protocol to receive Netanyahu. “The visit is a fitting culmination to the silver jubilee year of the formal relationship (between India and Israel).”
This is the first visit to India by an Israeli Prime Minister since Ariel Sharon came in 2003.
“A special welcome for a special visit… Modi personally receives Israeli PM at Delhi Airport,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.
The visit to India by Israeli Prime Minister is “historic and special”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said soon after receiving him at the airport in Delhi.
“Welcome to India, my friend! Your visit to India is historic and special. It will further cement the close friendship between our nations,” Modi tweeted.
Netanyahu and Modi are expected to discuss a variety of subjects related to bilateral relations and the global situation.
The Israeli leader, accompanied by dozens of Israeli businessmen, will visit the Centre of Excellence in Agriculture at Vadrad in Gujarat and interact with business leaders in Mumbai.