06 July, Tel Aviv
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today wrapped up his historic visit to Israel, the first by any Indian prime minister to the country, and left for German city of Hamburg to attend the G-20 Summit.
Again, digressing from protocol, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to see Modi off at the Ben Gurion airport.
During the visit, Modi and his Israeli counterpart sent out a strong message against terror and agreed to do more to protect their strategic interest.
The two countries also signed a strategic partnership on water and agriculture, and announced creation of setting up an India-Israel Industrial R&D Technological Innovation Fund of 40 million dollars.
Altogether seven agreements were signed between the two countries boosting cooperation water, agriculture and space.
Modi described his discussion with his Israeli counterpart as very ”productive”, and said the talks covered the West Asia situation and wider areas.
Netanyahu described Mr Modi’s visit as ”historic” and said his country had waited for such a visit for 70 years.
Modi also had a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Revlin and also other leaders.
The Prime Minister also addressed Indian Diaspora and during his speech he announced plans to launch flight service to Tel Aviv from Delhi and Mumbai.
Modi met the Israeli Kid Moshe Holzberg, who survived the Mumbai terror attack of 2008.
He also visited the Haifa war memorial to pay tribute to Indian soldiers who were martyred while fighting Turkish and German forces to free the city from their occupation.
Visit to an agriculture farm and a water filtration plant were the other engagement of the prime minister during the visit.
The Prime Minister addressed the CEOs forum at which he invited the Israeli companies to invest in India.