Prime Minister Modi of India arrives in Israel

Modi to meet with Netanyahu; 7 referendums of understanding to be signed; Modi & Netanyahu: The deep connection between our peoples reflects our many similarities in spirit, if not in size.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Israel for his three-day tour. Modi has made history as he is the first sitting Indian prime minister to visit the Jewish state.

Modi arrived in Israel after visiting the United States, Prime Minister Netanyahu and members of Israel’s Knesset (parliament) greeting Modi upon arrival followed by a ceremony welcoming the first visit of a member of India’s government to Israel.

Israel and India established diplomatic relations in 1992. Prime Minister Modi is reportedly set to sign seven cooperative agreements with Israel, all centered in the areas of water, agriculture, energy, academia and technology.

Modi will meet with Netanyahu followed by a meeting with Israeli President Rivlin. Modi will tour Israel, meeting with Indian olim (immigrants) to the State of Israel.

Modi stated before arriving in Israel, “I will have in-depth talks with Prime Minister 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.”

Both leaders released a joint press release on Modi’s visit, stating, “The natural partnership between India and Israel, formally elevated 25 years ago to full diplomatic relations, has grown stronger from year to year. The deep connection between our peoples reflects our many similarities in spirit, if not in size.”