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Modi-Netanyahu bonhomie: Israeli PM ready to do yoga with 'friend Narendra'

Netanyahu said he was willing to participate in a "yoga class" with his "friend Narendra"

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu during India Israel Business Summit in New Delhi on Monday
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu during India Israel Business Summit in New Delhi on Monday

The bonhomie between Modi and his "good friend" was on full display today when the leaders hugged and shook hands a number of times during their joint press event.

While the visiting Israeli called Modi a "revolutionary leader" and used an endearment like "my friend Narendra", Modi responded with great warmth, welcoming the guest in Hebrew.

Netanyahu said he was willing to participate in a "yoga class" with his "friend Narendra".

"My friend ..any time you want to do yoga a class with me...it is a big stretch but I will be there. me," Netanyahu remarked, reflecting the deep camaraderie the two leaders share.

The chemistry between the two leaders is well known. Last year when Modi visited Israel, the first Indian to do so, he was received by Netanyahu at the airport, a gesture normally reserved for guests such as US presidents.

The overwhelming warmth was also seen when the two leaders took a walk along the Sea during Modi's visit.

The warmth has continued with Modi setting aside protocol to receive Netanyahu at the airport yesterday.

At the joint press statement, Netanyahu showered praise on Modi.

"You are a revolutionary leader and you are revolutionising You are catapulting this magnificent state into to the future. And you have revolutionised the relations between and India," Netanyahu, popularly known as 'Bibi', said.

Modi also responded warmly dubbing Netanyahu's visit as a "long-anticipated moment in the journey of friendship" between and

He further said that the visit was also a fitting climax to the commemoration of 25 years of bilateral diplomatic relations and marked a "special beginning" to the new year calendar, with Indians rejoicing the arrival of spring, hope and harvest.

Modi will also accompany Netanyahu to his home state, Gujarat, on January 17.

First Published: Mon, January 15 2018. 22:00 IST
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