Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived Sunday for his first visit to India to expand defense, trade and energy ties.
Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, received a pleasant surprise upon their arrival in New Delhi—Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to welcome them in person, even though the foreign minister is normally the one greeting dignitaries to the country.
Modi also tweeted a greeting to Netanyahu in Hebrew: “Welcome to India, my friend the prime minister. Your visit is an historic and special one, and will strengthen the strong ties between our countries.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a ceremony to name a square in New Delhi “Teen Murti” in honor of Haifa. The square is dedicated to the Indian soldiers who fell during World War I in the fighting to liberate Haifa.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “This gesture underscores the special link and the common history between Israel and India.”
During his six-day stay Israel and India are expected to sign agreements on cybersecurity, energy and space cooperation and film production. They’re also expected to review progress in implementing agreements on cooperation in technology, water and agriculture that were signed during Modi’s visit to Israel last year, the first by an Indian prime minister to Israel.
Before leaving for India, Netanyahu told reporters in Israel that the trip “serves our security, economic, trade and tourism interests, as well as many other areas.”
“We are strengthening ties between Israel and this important global power,” he said.