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Netanyahu arrives on 'historic' India visit; Modi receives him

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Israeli Benjamin arrived here today on a "historic" six-day visit during which he will hold extensive talks with his Indian counterpart Modi, who received him at the airport, setting aside protocol.

Modi welcomed with a hug upon his arrival.

"Welcome to India, my friend PM @netanyahu! Your visit to is historic and special. It will further cement the close friendship between our nations," Modi tweeted in English and Hebrew.

Natanyahu, who arrived here with his wife Sara, and a high-level business delegation, tweeted, "We have landed in Thank you to my good friend Modi for the warm welcome!"

Ahead of his departure from Israel, said, "We are strengthening ties between and this important global power (India)."

"This serves our security, economic, trade and tourism interests, as well as many other areas. This is a great blessing for the state of Israel," he said.

According to Israeli officials, was pleasantly surprised by Modi welcoming him at the airport.

"I very much appreciate the gesture," was quoted as saying by officials.

Modi and are known to share a warm personal rapport.

During Modi's visit to last year, had received the Indian at the airport.

Netanyahu's visit to is only the second by an Israeli and comes after a gap of 15 years. Former had visited in 2003.

Modi and later attended a ceremony to rename Teen Murti Chowk in central as Teen Murti-

They also laid a wreath and signed the visitor's book at the memorial.

The three bronze statues at Teen Murti represent the Hyderabad, and who were part of the 15 The brigade carried out the victorious assault on the fortified city of Haifa on September 23, 1918, during World War I.

The renaming gesture underscores the special link and the common history between and India, said after the event, according to Israeli officials.

also called on the Israeli

During the meeting, told Swaraj that he was overwhelmed by the warmth he received upon his arrival here.

He also said that his visit can catapult bilateral ties to the next level.

Later, Modi also hosted a private dinner for and his wife.

During Netanyahu's visit, which comes days after voted against at the UN on the issue, several MoUs, including in the field of defence, oil and gas, renewable energy, amended protocol for airports, cyber security, and co-production of films and documentaries are expected to be signed between the two sides.

had last month joined 127 other countries to vote in the General Assembly in favour of a resolution opposing the recent decision of US Donald Trump to recognise as Israel's capital.

During his stay, will also visit and

On January 15, will meet the Indo-Israeli forum here and address a separate business event. He will deliver a speech at the Raisina Dialogue on January 16.

will also call on

He will leave for Ahmedabad on the morning of January 17. In Ahmedabad, he will visit the Sabarmati Ashram. Modi and will also visit the in Vadrad and inaugurate a for date palms in Bhuj via

The Israeli will have a number of engagements in on January 18.

The had said that will meet with Jewish community leaders and select members of the Indian business community in

It had said he will reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event.

In Mumbai, he will also attend a ceremony at the Chabad House, which will be attended by

Fondly known as Moshe, the 11-year-old's parents were killed in the Chabad House during the 26/11 terror strike, which had come under attack.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 20:40 IST