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January 14, 2018 10:12 am

Israeli PM Netanyahu Warmly Greeted in New Delhi on Arrival for Week-Long India State Visit

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi embrace on the tarmac at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, Jan. 14, 2018. Photo: Netanyahu’s Facebook account.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was warmly greeted upon his arrival in India on Sunday for a week-long state visit.

In a sign of respect for the Israeli leader, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally welcomed Netanyahu on the tarmac at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.

Modi tweeted: “Welcome to India, my friend PM @netanyahu! Your visit to India is historic and special. It will further cement the close friendship between our nations. @IsraeliPM #ShalomNamaste.”

Netanyahu tweeted: “I am so happy to meet you again, my friend @PMOIndia @NarendraModi! #ShalomNamaste.”

Later on Sunday, Netanyahu and Modi attended a ceremony to rename a New Delhi square “Teen Murti” in honor of Indian soldiers who fell in battle during the 1918 British takeover of the Mediterranean port city of Haifa from the Ottomans.

“This gesture underscores the special link and the common history between Israel and India,” Netanyahu said on Sunday.

Netanyahu’s trip marks the first visit to India by an Israeli prime minister since 2003.

Last summer, Modi became the first sitting Indian prime minister to tour Israel. That trip came as Israel and India celebrated the 25th anniversary of the official establishment of diplomatic relations. Ties between the two countries have flourished in numerous realms — cultural, economic, defense and diplomatic, among them — in recent years.

Watch a video of Netanyahu’s arrival in India below:

Watch a video below of Indians greeting Netanyahu in Hebrew:

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