India's Prime Minister Modi Embarks On Historic Visit to Israel

by Abel Hampton July 5, 2017, 0:18
India's Prime Minister Modi Embarks On Historic Visit to Israel

Because this is the very first time an Indian Prime Minister has visited Israel for fostering diplomatic and foreign relations.

Netanyahu referred to Indian talent and Israeli technology as "I-squared and T-squared" during the red carpet welcome and added: "I-squared plus T-squared is the future of our bilateral ties".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday left for his three-day trip to Israel - a first by an Indian Prime Minister - to discuss with his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu the common challenges like terrorism and ways to boost economic ties. "We admire your history, your democracy, and your commitment to progress", Netanyahu said.

Sandra Samuels, the fearless Indian nanny, saved Moshe during the attack and was awarded an honorary citizenship by the Government of Israel so that she can stay with Moshe. To forge everlasting relations with India, Netanyahu assured that Isreal will not only provide the best technology from its premier state-owned company Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to India but would be unveiling its secret armour which has never been shown to best of the European partners. This is the first ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Israel.

Mr. Modi, in a press statement along with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu said, Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, is a reminder of the unspeakable evil inflicted generations ago.

They vowed to give a push to the bilateral relationship in all aspects and jointly deal with the common threats like terrorism.

"Over coming decades, we want to frame a relationship that transforms the landscape of our economic engagement", the Prime Minister said.

He also welcomed Modi in Hebrew. "But actually my friend the sky isn't the limit because today our space programmes are working towards reaching even greater heights", a smiling Israeli Prime Minister said. He said his visit was about the strength of the two societies and their strong partnership.

Returning from the ceremony, Michael Oren, former envoy to U.S. and a senior minister in Netanyahu's office, told TOI, "India and Israel share democratic values and our partnership is important for development. It is so natural that we can ask what took so long for them to blossom".

He said, the ties between the two nations have seen rapid growth since the establishment of full diplomatic relations a quarter century ago.

Tomorrow, the Indian leader will meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, hold talks with Prime Minister Netanyahu and then attend an event organised by the Indian community in Israel in Tel Aviv.


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