Modi in Israel LIVE: Groundbreaking visit, says PM; sky not the limit in ties, friend Netanyahu replies
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today landed in Israel's capital Tel Aviv, becoming the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the country he has long admired for its military and technical expertise, but which his predecessors kept at arm's length.
In a special gesture, Modi's Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu received him at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport, a gesture reserved so far only for the US Presidents and the Pope.
- Moments after landing in Israel, the PMO India account tweeted, "Partners for peace and prosperity, partners for a better future for humanity...PM @netanyahu welcomes PM @narendramodi to Israel."
- Flanked by PM Netanyahu, Modi greets dignitaries, including the Israeli cabinet.
- 'I thank you once again for this tremendous welcome,' PM Modi says, ending his speech.
- I am also thrilled to interact with the Indian diaspora in Israel, says Modi.
- 'India counts Israel as among its important partners,' Modi says.
- 'India is a very old civilisation, but a young nation,' Modi says.
- 'It's a singular honour for me', PM Modi, speaking in English, says.
- Modi calls his visit to Israel a 'ground-breaking' one and thanks Netanyahu for welcoming him with 'so much warmth.'
- 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.
- 'Aapka swagat hai, mere dost,' says PM Netanyahu.
- July 4, 2017
- Modi inspects a guard of honour.
- After walking down the red carpet at the Ben Gurion Airport, Modi and Netanyahu stand in attention as the national anthems of the India and Israel played.-
- PM Netanyahu greets Modi with a handshake and the two leaders then proceed to exchange a warm hug.
- Modi diembarks from Air India One.
"PM Narendra Modi emplanes for a historic visit to Israel, the first ever by an Indian Prime Minister," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted before Modi left for Tel Aviv.
In his three-day trip, Modi is expected to discuss with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu the common challenges like terrorism and ways to boost economic ties.
The prime minister has said he will have "in-depth talks" with Netanyahu "on the full spectrum of our partnership and strengthening it in diverse fields for mutual benefit. We will also have the chance to discuss major common challenges like terrorism."
Modi will also meet President Reuven Ruvi Rivlin and address the CEOs of the two countries as well as the Indian diaspora.
He will also visit the Yad Vashem Memorial Museum to honour the memory of the victims of the holocaust that counts among the greatest tragedies in human history.
Modi will also pay his respects to the courageous Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during the liberation of Haifa in 1918.
Modi will be in Israel till July 6 before travelling to Hamburg in Germany to attend the G-20 Summit.
The theme chosen for this year is 'Shaping an Inter-connected World'.
"I look forward to engaging leaders from other G-20 countries on the vital issues affecting our world today that have a bearing on economic growth, sustainable development, and peace and stability," he had said.
"We will review progress on decisions since the Hangzhou Summit last year and deliberate on issues of terrorism, climate, sustainable development, growth and trade, digitalisation, health, employment, migration, women s empowerment, and partnership with Africa," Modi had added.
(With PTI inputs)