Tel Aviv: Narendra Modi, who is the first ever Indian PM to undertake a ground breaking visit to Israel, today said here that India counts Israel among its important partners for shared economic prosperity and cooperation to secure the societies of both the countries against common threat of terrorism.
India is an old civilisation but a young nation. We have a talented and skilled youth, who are our driving force, Modi said adding we consider Israel an important development partner.
This is an exciting journey that we will undertake together, for the good of our people and our society, Modi said.
Modi, who earlier arrived at Ben Gurion Airport, was accorded an elaborate official welcome ceremony. Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, received Prime Minister Modi on arrival.
Modi inspected a ceremonial Guard of Honour. The Israeli Prime Minister began his press statement with the Hindi words “आपका स्वागत है मेरे दोस्त.” (we welcome you my friend). He said the Prime Minister is welcomed with open arms and even the sky is not the limit for cooperation between the two countries. He described Modi as a great leader and a “world leader.”
Speaking on the occasion, Modi began with the Hebrew greeting “Shalom le’kulam. He went on to add in Hebrew “I am delighted to be here in Israel.”
Ahead of his historic visit to Israel, Modi had said that india and Israel are ready to “take the relationship to a new level”.
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