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Benjamin Netanyahu in India Highlights: Israeli PM, Modi promise to take relations between two countries to ‘new heights’

PM Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu rename Teen Murti Bhavan to Teen Murti-Haifa Chowk to pay homage to Indian soldiers who died in the battle of Haifa. Here are the highlights:

india Updated: Jan 14, 2018 21:04 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi receive Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara in New Delhi on Sunday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in India on Sunday for a six-day visit with the intention of strengthening bilateral relations “even more”. Netanyahu is being accompanied by the largest business delegation that has travelled with an Israeli Premier on an overseas tour.

The visit marks 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and takes place about six months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Israel, the first by an Indian Prime Minister to the Jewish state.

Netanyahu will hold meetings with President Ram Nath Kovind and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, apart from Modi.

Here are the highlights:

8.55pm: PM Modi hosts dinner for his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in New Delhi, according to ANI.

8pm: “Warm and engaging conversation on various aspects of our bilateral ties aimed at strengthening our strategic partnership,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted after the Sushma Swaraj-Netanyahu meeting.

6.05pm: PM of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu called meets external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi.

4.45pm: “Mere dost Shriman Narendra Modi ji, mein aapse dobara milkar kaafi prassanata mehsoos kar raha hu,” Netanyahu tweets in Hindi.

4.40pm: “I am so happy to meet you again, my friend @PMOIndia @NarendraModi!” tweets Netanyahu.

4.32pm: “Thank you to my good friend, Indian PM Narendra Modi , who surprised me with a personal welcome at airport upon my arrival in India. Together we will bring the relations between our countries to new heights!” tweets Netanyahu.

4.30pm: Benjamin Netanyahu thanks ‘good friend’ PM Narendra Modi for personally welcoming him on his arrival in India.

3.45pm: “One of these pages was written 100 years ago, in the sacrifice of Indian soldiers at Haifa. The sacrifice commemorated at Teen Murti observes its centenary. Naming this spot as Teen Murti-Haifa Chowk marks this historic occasion. In the presence of the Prime Minister of Israel, we pay homage to the brave soldiers,” Modi writes in the visitor’s book at the Teen Murti-Haifa Chowk memorial.

3.30pm: PM Modi says he salutes the “great Indian traditions of selfless sacrifice and penance” of Indian soldiers, who laid down their lives during the liberation of the city of Haifa and the First World War”.

3.15pm: Delhi’s Teen Murti Chowk formally renamed as ‘Teen Murti Haifa Chowk’, dedicated to India-Israel relations.

3pm: PM Modi, Benjamin Netanyahu attend ceremony to rename Teen Murti Chowk after the Israeli city of Haifa.

2:40pm: “Welcome to India, my friend PM @netanyahu! Your visit to India is historic and special. It will further cement the close friendship between our nations,” Modi tweeted in English and Hebrew.

2:30pm: The two leaders sign the visitor’s book at Teen Murti, reports ANI.

2:25pm: PM Modi and Netanyahu lay a wreath at the Teen Murti memorial, where they were received by army chief General Bipin Rawat and foreign secretary S Jaishankar.

2.15pm: The two will shortly attend a solemn ceremony at the Teen Murti Memorial in Delhi to mark the formal renaming of the Teen Murti Chowk as the Teen Murti Haifa Chowk.

2pm: Netanyahu will be visiting Agra, Gujarat and Mumbai and will be accompanied by Modi on extensive portions of his visit, a press statement said.

1:40pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Netanyahu at the Delhi airport. He welcomed Netanyahu with a hug upon his arrival.

1.30pm: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Delhi, reports ANI news agency.

First Published: Jan 14, 2018 13:43 IST