Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in India on Sunday on a six-day visit during which both the strategic partners will aim to further expand ties on a range of key areas including defence and trade, as per reports.
Setting aside protocol, Modi received his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, who arrived here on a six-day visit. He welcomed Netanyahu with a hug upon his arrival. The Israeli prime minister is accompanied by his wife Sara. "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," Modi tweeted in English and Hebrew.
Modi and Netanyahu later paid homage to martyrs at Teen Murti monument where the two leaders will lay a wreath at the monument, commemorating the role of three Indian regiments who fought at the battle of Haifa over a century ago. The iconic Teen Murti Chowk has been renamed after the Israeli City Haifa, a year after the plan was put on hold by the NDMC. The three bronze statues at Teen Murti represent the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers who were part of the 15 Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade.
Modi will host Netanyahu for dinner on Sunday night. After the ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan forecourt, Netanyahu will hold restricted discussions with the prime minister,