On Sunday, the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in India with more than 130 delegates. Netanyahu is on a six-day visit to the country. The two countries are expected to sign agreements on cybersecurity, energy and space cooperation and film production, India’s External Affairs Ministry said. However, Netanyahu took to Twitter to express his gratitude towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In the Tweet, Netanyahu wrote: “Thank you to my good friend, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who surprised me with a personal welcome at the airport upon my arrival in India. Together we will bring the relations between our countries to new heights!” The tweet also a had a video message.
In the video shared by the Israeli Prime Minister, the montage begins with the Indian flag raised high. Following that, footage of Benjamin Netanyahu is seen where he walks down from his plane with his wife Sara. Upon arrival, Netanyahu was welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who broke all the security protocol to welcome him at the airport. Following that, the video shows how Narendra Modi hugged his Israeli counterpart upon arrival and how Netanyahu raised Modi’s hand as a gesture of friendship. The video ended with both Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu entering the same vehicle.
Thank you to my good friend, Indian Prime Minister @narendramodi , who surprised me with a personal welcome at the airport upon my arrival in India. Together we will bring the relations between our countries to new heights! ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/bPZftC4caF
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) January 14, 2018
Netanyahu’s office put out an announcement saying that Modi’s greeting was a “surprise welcome” because a Cabinet minister had been scheduled to attend instead. “I very much appreciate the gesture,” Netanyahu said. Before leaving for India, Netanyahu told reporters in Israel that the trip “serves our security, economic, trade and tourism interests, as well as many other areas.” He also said, “We are strengthening ties between Israel and this important global power.”
Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit marks 25 years of diplomatic relations between India and Israel. Prior to him, it was Ariel Sharon who visited India in 2003.