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Modi breaks protocol as Netanyahu begins India trip (Third Lead)

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Indian on Sunday broke protocol to personally receive his Israeli counterpart with a hug as he arrived here to begin a six-day visit that will also take him to and

As and his wife stepped on the red carpet, a smiling embraced the Israeli leader and then shook hands with the couple. "Very much appreciate the gesture," quoted as saying.

Before embarking on the flight, Netanyahu had said: "We are strengthening the relationship between and this important world power. This helps us with security, the economy, trade, tourism and many other aspects.

"It is a very great blessing to the state of Israel," he added.

underlined that had departed from protocol to receive Netanyahu. "The visit is a fitting culmination to the silver jubilee year of the formal relationship (between and Israel)."

This is the first visit to by an Israeli since came in 2003.

Modi tweeted: "Welcome to India, my friend... Your visit to is historic and special. It will further cement the close relationship between our nations."

The said: "A special welcome for a special visit... Modi personally receives Israeli PM at "

Netanyahu and Modi are expected to discuss a variety of subjects related to bilateral relations and the global situation.

The Israeli leader, accompanied by dozens of Israeli businessmen, will visit the in Agriculture at Vadrad in and interact with business leaders in He will also go to the city of



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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 15:20 IST