Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Israel for a three-day trip, welcomed by his Israeli counter-part Netanyahu, he called Israel India's 'special partner'.
There was a great display of bonhomie between the two leaders, with both praising each other and the partnership between the two countries. Israel had a red-carpet welcome ready for PM Modi. Netanyahu received the prime minister at the airport and welcomed him with a hug and a handshake.
Thanking Netanyahu for his warm welcome, Modi said his visit was about the strong partnership between the two countries.
I thank my friend PM @netanyahu for receiving me. My visit is about the strength of our societies and our strong partnership: PM— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2017
My honour to be the 1st ever Indian PM to undertake this ground breaking visit to Israel: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2017
We consider Israel an important development partner: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2017
We have to secure our societies against the common threat of terrorism: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2017
Meanwhile Netanyahu also welcomed Modi saying:
Welcome to Israel...Aapka Swagat Hai Mere Dost. We have been waiting for you, for a long time. We love India: PM @netanyahu to PM Modi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2017
I remember what you told me in our first meeting- when it comes to India & Israel relations, the sky is the limit: PM @netanyahu to PM Modi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2017
Watch how he was greeted by his Israeli counter-part.
In his three day visit, Modi is going to visit several places in Israel, including the Haifa Indian Cemetery to pay tribute to Indian soldiers who fought to liberate the Israeli port city.
Today, Modi is likely to visit the Yad Vashem Memorial Museum in Jerusalem and will have dinner with the Israeli Prime Minister at his residence.
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