Vastavam web: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday arrived on a three-day visit to Israel the first by an Indian prime minister and was warmly welcomed by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who received him at the airport. Modi, who landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, was accorded a red carpet welcome and exchanged a warm hug with the Israeli prime minister.
“The Prime Minister has landed in Israel,” the prime minister’s office tweeted.
After Modi’s arrival, the national anthems of India and Israel were played. In Israel, Modi will also meet President Ruven Rivlin apart from paying his respects to courageous Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during the liberation of Haifa in 1918. The visit coincides with India and Israel marking 25 years of their diplomatic relations. Modi will be in Israel till 6 July before travelling to Hamburg, Germany, to attend the G-20 summit. ‘Aapka swagat hai, mere dost,’ says PM Netanyahu. Modi and Netanyahu hug again as the Israeli PM finishes his welcome speech for Modi.
Netanyahu goes on to coin a term to describe India-Israel relations: I squared, T squared, which means Indian Talent and Israeli Technology. We have been waiting for almost 70 years, Netanyahu says as he once again calls Modi’s visit a historic one.