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Modi in Israel Day 2 highlights: Focus shifts to Modi-Netanyahu talks in Jerusalem

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New Delhi: The focus on the second day of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel, the first Indian PM to visit the country, has now shifted to a formal discussion on more substantive and bilateral-level issues with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu today.

On his first day in Israel, Modi mostly spent his time with PM Netanyahu and jointly addressed the media, calling for a global fight against the menace of terrorism.

Modi’s three-day trip to Israel began on Tuesday and has received tremendous attention in the Israeli media and society. The Indian PM was personally received by Netnayahu at the airport in Tel Aviv and is being accorded a welcome similar to Western leaders and the Pope.

Here are the major highlights of the second day of PM Modi’s visit to Israel:

■ Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral ties and how Israel’s cutting-edge technology could help the ‘Make in India’ initiative. Describing Israel as a real friend, Modi recalled Rivlin’s visit to India in November last year.

Hailing the ties between the two nations, Modi said: “...today it is ‘I to I and I for I’. When ‘I say I for I, I don’t mean the popular saying but what I mean is India with Israel, India for Israel”.

Modi, who arrived in Tel Aviv yesterday for a three-day visit, met Rivlin at his residence in Jerusalem.

“The President of Israel welcomed me so warmly, he broke protocol. This is a mark of respect for the people of India,” Modi tweeted.

“It is a privilege to meet President Rivlin again today. I fondly recall his visit to India last November when he charmed us with his affable manner and desire to do more with India,” Modi wrote in the guest book at the President’s residence.

Modi said during his visit to India, Rivlin started a phrase ‘Make with India’ and “I feel since my arrival yesterday that has been echoed by many people and I think what you started has now percolated to all levels”.

Rivlin on his part described Modi as one of the greatest leaders in the world. “We have a lot in common and doing a lot in common. We understood very well about your thought about the need to help partners who will ‘Make in India’,” Rivlin said.

■ Renowned Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan symbolises the talent of people of India, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, emphasising that the two countries believe in the partnership of talent. Expressing his admiration for Ramanujan, Netanyahu said he was one of the greatest mathematicians of all times.

“We have a great admiration for people of India. I told you about my late uncle professor, who was a mathematician at the Israel Institute of Technology. He told me many times about his admiration for the great Indian mathematician Ramanujan,” Netanyahu said in a statement along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“He was perhaps the greatest mathematician in many centuries. And this symbolises the talent of people of India, as we know we have talent in Israel. We believe in this partnership of talent,” said Netanyahu.

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