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Israel visit: Modi encourages cooperation against terrorism at welcome address

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Published : Jul 4, 2017, 6:26 pm IST
Updated : Jul 4, 2017, 7:24 pm IST

Narendra Modi arrives in Israel in the first-ever visit to the country by an Indian PM. More details awaited.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes Prime Minster Narendra Modi at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport. (Photo: Twitter | ANI)
 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes Prime Minster Narendra Modi at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport. (Photo: Twitter | ANI)

Tel Aviv: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Israel’s Tel Aviv airport in a historical first time visit by any Indian prime minister.

Modi will be in Israel till July 6 before travelling to Hamburg in Germany to attend the G-20 Summit.

Here are the updates:

  • The official welcoming ceremony at the Ben Gurion airport ends.
  • A progressive partnership in all these areas would shape the scope of my conversation with my friend PM Benjamin Netanyahu: Modi
  • We are cooperating to secure our societies against common threats such as terrorism: Modi
  • I am keen to interact with Indian diaspora in Israel, including large number of Jews of Indian origin: Modi
  • My visit marks a pathbreaking journey of our engagement: Modi
  • It is my singular honor to be the first ever PM of India to undertake this groundbreaking visit to Israel: Modi
  • The Prime Minister of India takes the podium.
  • I am confident of the real mathematics of life, of success of our partnership for many reasons; talent of our people. Even sky is not the limit in cooperation between India and Israel: Israeli PM
  • We admire your culture, history, democracy and commitment to progress: Netanyahu
  • Welcome to Israel…Aapka Swagat Hai Mere Dost. We have been waiting for you, for a long time. We love India: Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport to receive Narendra Modi.
  • PM Modi to be received by his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport and is set to get a red carpet welcome from the Israeli delegates.

In Israel, he 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.

"I begin a historic visit to Israel, a very special partner of India's... As the first Indian prime minister to do so, I am greatly looking forward to this unprecedented visit that will bring our two countries and people closer," he had said in a statement here yesterday.

"I look forward to holding extensive talks with my friend, @IsraeliPM @netanyahu, who shares a commitment for vibrant India-Israel ties," he had tweeted.

The Prime Minister had 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."

This year, India and Israel are marking 25 years of their diplomatic relations.

"My programme during the visit gives me an opportunity to engage with a cross-section of Israeli society. I am particularly looking forward to interacting with the large vibrant Indian diaspora in Israel that represents an enduring link between our two peoples," Modi had said.

On the economic side, he had said, "I will join with leading Indian and Israeli CEOs and start-ups to discuss our shared priority of expanding business and investment collaboration on the ground."

On July 6, the prime minister will travel to Hamburg for the G-20 Summit being hosted by Germany on July 7-8.

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.

Tags: narendra modi, israel visit, g 20 summit, benjamin netanyahu, modi in israel
Location: Israel, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv-Jaffa