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Meeting with Modi is a long due union of hearts and minds says Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister benjamin Netanyahu said he was looking to cooperate with India in every possible way, and had accepted Modi’s invitation to visit the country this year.

india Updated: Jul 06, 2017 08:42 IST
Shishir Gupta
Jerusalem : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, listens as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during their meeting at the King David hotel in Jerusalem, Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
Jerusalem : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, listens as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during their meeting at the King David hotel in Jerusalem, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (AP Photo)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called his meeting with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi a union of hearts and minds that was long due, and said the promising partnership between the two countries can seize the future.

In an interview with Hindustan Times on Wednesday, Netanyahu said he was looking to cooperate with India in every possible way, and had accepted Modi’s invitation to visit the country this year.

“I said it’s almost impossible to understand what took you so long for the meeting of hearts and minds…,” the 67-year-old leader said from his hotel room overlooking the Temple Mount, one of the holiest sites of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

He said India was the first democracy he sees when he turns his head right just as Modi would see Israel as the first democratic country if he turned his head left.

During the Cold War, India didn’t have open relations with Israel, leaning heavily in favour of the Palestinians. But over the past quarter century, the countries have developed close ties in high-tech and defence, and Modi is the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel.

“We are eager to have cooperative ventures between our entrepreneurs and our technologists and India’s wonderful storehouse of human talent,” Netanyahu said.

In the 30-minute interview, he also spoke on cooperation in fighting terrorism, exchange of intelligence and emerging geo-political realities in West Asia.

Read the full interview here.