In pics: Modi, Netanyahu all praise for each other as PM visits Israel
Prime Minster Narendra Modi became the first Indian premier to visit the state of Israel, with Israeli counterpart Benjamin ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu personally present in a diplomatic gesture not reserved for all.india Updated: Jul 05, 2017 10:51 IST
India and Israel cemented a new stone in their bilateral engagement with Prime Minister Narendra Modi becoming the first Indian premier to visit the Middle Eastern nation.
Modi received a red-carpet treatment with Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu personally present to receive him at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport – a gesture previously accorded only to the US President and the Pope.
Both leaders were all praise for each other with Netanyahu greeting Modi in Hindi, saying “Aapka swagat hai, mere dost (Welcome, my friend).” Modi returned the gesture in Hebrew with, “Shalom, ani same’ah lihyot kan (Hello, I am happy to be here).”
The issue of Indian and Israel’s focus on the IT industry was also raised by Netanyahu, remarking that Hindi and Hebrew are the two most spoken languages in Silicon Valley.
At a joint address later, Prime Minister Modi called for resolute oppositions to terrorism, radicalism and violence. After laying a wreath at the Yad Vashem Memorial museum to the victims of the Holocaust by Nazi Germany.
He praised the Israeli state’s “unbreakable spirit to rise above the depths of tragedy, overcome hatred and forge ahead to build a vibrant democratic nation.”