BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 A.M.) – India and Israel praised the beginning of a “new era” in their relation following the signing of key deals in defence, agriculture and aviation on Monday. The deals were announced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi, following talks between the two leaders.
Netanyahu was welcomed by Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Indian presidential residence, on Monday. Modi called Netanyahu a “good friend” and praised the relations between the two countries, calling Netanyahu’s visit “a fitting climax to the commemoration of the 25th year of diplomatic relations between India and Israel.”
Netanyahu echoed Modi’s sentiment, calling the Indian leader’s welcoming ceremony an honour for “the people of Israel and the State of Israel.” Netanyahu called Modi a “revolutionary leader in the best sense of the word ‘revolution’.” “You are revolutionizing India. You are catapulting this magnificent state into the future and you have revolutionized the relationship between Israel and India,” he added.
Netanyahu arrived in New Delhi on Sunday for a six-day visit along with a business delegation of 130 members. The Israeli leader’s visit took place a year after Modi became the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel.