Israeli PM hails Modi’s upcoming visit as ‘very significant step’

Modi's visit is aimed at commemorating 25 years of establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

By: PTI | Jerusalem | Published: June 25, 2017 8:12 pm
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. REUTERS/Sebastian Scheiner/Pool/File Photo

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday hailed his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Israel, the first by an Indian premier, as a “very significant step” in strengthening bilateral relations that are on a “constant upswing”. In a big fillip to already robust ties, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to land in Israel on July 4 on a three-day visit. Netanyahu, while speaking at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting, said, “Next week, the Indian Prime Minister, my friend, Narendra Modi will arrive in Israel, This is a historic visit to Israel. In the 70 years of the country’s existence, no Indian Prime Minister has ever visited and this is further expression of the state of Israel’s military, economic and diplomatic strength.”

“This is a very significant step in strengthening relations between the two countries,” Netanyahu said. India is a huge country with over 1.25 billion people and is one of the world’s largest, growing economies. Ties between Israel and India are on a “constant upswing”, the Israeli premier said. Modi’s visit is aimed at commemorating 25 years of establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Modi would be arriving in Israel on July 4 and is likely to meet Netanyahu the same day in the evening. He would also be addressing the Indian community the following day in Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu, in his remarks today, said the Cabinet will approve decisions that will deepen Indo-Israel ties, beginning with expanding exports and deepening cooperation in agriculture and water. “We will establish a joint innovation, and research and development, fund. We will also increase tourism from India to Israel; this has very great potential. All of this is an additional expression of Israel’s enhanced international position in recent years as we strengthen the state of Israel,” Netanyahu said.

The two leaders have already met twice on foreign soil on the sidelines of UN-related events and are said to be constantly in touch with each other over the phone. “I am happy that often we can talk easily on telephone, we can discuss everything. It has very rarely happened. In your case it has happened,” Modi had told Netanyahu during their meeting on the sidelines of Paris Climate summit in November 2015. The Israeli premier had then promptly responded saying, “in your case too”.

The defence ties between India and Israel have often drawn worldwide attention and acquired strategic dimensions. It is believed that Modi’s visit would further solidify security ties as Israeli defence industries have shown greater inclination towards participating in joint ventures to give a boost to NDA government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign. Prime Minister Modi’s visit has been preceded by several other high-profile visits, including the trip of National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, several senior secretaries, Minister of State for Agriculture S S Ahluwalia-led 11 member multi-party parliamentary delegation and Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba’s five-day visit earlier this month. All these visits have laid the ground work for several MoUs that are likely to be signed during Modi’s visit.

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  1. K
    Jun 26, 2017 at 2:01 am
    Why not both crocks !
    1. Rajendra B Patel
      Jun 26, 2017 at 6:50 am
      Poor Khalid your days are counting, one of your brother will take care of you very common in your society
    2. B
      Jun 26, 2017 at 12:54 am
      baharo phool barsao mera mahboob aaya hai, mera mahboob aaya hai, fizao raagni gao mera mahboob aaya hai
      1. R
        Jun 26, 2017 at 1:20 am
        Katue ka kata hua jalne ki boo aa raha hai...
      2. M
        Jun 25, 2017 at 11:42 pm
        Israel is one country in the world which has never done any harm to India, rather it always has come to the help. It is a moral duty of India to recognize this and recognize other true friends in the world and put it in its priority list to maintain good relations with them. Too much of political correctness, Appea t in fact has stalled Indian boat to move, if not going backward. Thanks PM Modi for changing that false iden y of India that was imposed on it by false leaders!