The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, arrived at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv today.
As part of an elaborate official welcome ceremony, Prime Minister of Israel Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, received Prime Minister Modi on arrival. Prime Minister Modi inspected a ceremonial Guard of Honour.
Prime Minister Netanyahu began his press statement with the Hindi words “आपका स्वागत है मेरे दोस्त.” He said the Prime Minister is welcomed with open arms and even the sky is not the limit for cooperation between the two countries. He described the Prime Minister as a great leader and a “world leader.”
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister began with the Hebrew greeting “Shalom le’kulam. He went on to add in Hebrew “I am delighted to be here in Israel.”
He recalled, the Israeli operation at Entebbe, exactly 41 years ago on the 4th of July, when Prime Minister Netanyahu’s elder brother had laid down his life, while saving many Israeli hostages.
In our path of sustained high growth, and all around development, India counts Israel among its important partners, the Prime Minister said.
Alongside building a partnership for shared economic prosperity, we are also cooperating to secure our societies against common threats such as terrorism, he added.
Expressing his keenness to meet the Indian diaspora in Israel, he said Jews of Indian origin, have enriched both our societies.
Welcome to Israel...Aapka Swagat Hai Mere Dost. We have been waiting for you, for a long time. We love India: PM @netanyahu to PM Modi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2017
I remember what you told me in our first meeting- when it comes to India & Israel relations, the sky is the limit: PM @netanyahu to PM Modi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2017
I thank my friend PM @netanyahu for receiving me. My visit is about the strength of our societies and our strong partnership: PM— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2017
My honour to be the 1st ever Indian PM to undertake this ground breaking visit to Israel: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2017
India is an old civilisation but young nation. We have a talented and skilled youth, who are our driving force: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2017
We consider Israel an important development partner: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2017
We have to secure our societies against the common threat of terrorism: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2017