July 04, 2017

Modi says will discuss with Netanyahu the common threats such as terrorism


Modi’s ‘groundbreaking’ Israel visit LIVE: PM says will discuss with Netanyahu the common threats such as terrorism

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to a red carpet welcome at the Ben Gurion airport. The PM will have a dinner date with Israel counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in the evening.



Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) welcomes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an official welcoming ceremony upon his arrival Israel at Ben Gurion Airport, near Tel Aviv, Israel July 4, 2017. (Reuters Photo)

Updated: Jul 04, 2017 19:15 IST

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday arrived at the Ben Gurion airport on a three-day visit to Israel, where he will have a dinner date with PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

Modi is the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel.

Ahead of Modi’s visit, Israel supported India “hook, line and sinker” on the issue of terrorism emanating from Pakistan and within the country.

Noting that both India and Israel suffer from the “evil” forces of terrorism, deputy director general of Israel’s foreign ministry Mark Sofer said outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hamas were no different from each other and both countries have the right to defend themselves.

Modi’s visit to Israel has received wall-to-wall coverage in the Israeli media, which has described it as a historic development that will help de-hyphenate New Delhi’s relations with the Palestinians.

Read | Why no one protests against Modi’s Israel visit

Netanyahu called the visit, which marks 25 years since the two countries established diplomatic relations, a “further expression of the state of Israel’s military, economic and diplomatic strength.”

Over the next two days, 13 CEOs of Israeli companies will interact with 18 Indian CEOs to hammer out new business deals.

Here are live updates of PM Modi’s three-day visit:

7pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says building a strong and resilient relationship with Israel will be his intent and focus.

6.58pm: Modi says they are cooperating to secure societies against common threats such as terrorism.

6.55pm: “Alongside building a partnership for shared economic prosperity, we are also cooperating to secure our societies,” says PM Modi after red carpet welcome at Israel airport.

6.52pm: PM Modi says he is keen to interact with Indian diaspora in Israel, including large number of Jews of Indian origin.

6.49pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at the Ben Gurion airport , says: “It is my singular honor to be the first ever PM of India to undertake this groundbreaking visit to Israel.”

6.47pm: “We can do even better together, welcome to Israel my friend PM Modi,” says Israeli PM Netanyahu.

6.46pm: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes PM Modi, says: “We love India, admire your culture, history, democracy and commitment to progress.”

6.45pm: “I am confident of the real mathematics of life, of success of our partnership for many reasons; talent of our people,” Israeli PM Netanyahu.

6.38pm: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes PM Modi at the Ben Gurion Airport.

6.25pm: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reached the Ben Gurion Airport to welcome PM Modi.

6.24pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the Ben Gurion airport in Israel

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