JULY 3, 2017 1:13 PM
Netanyahu to Accompany Indian Prime Minister Throughout Visit to Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, in New York in September 2014. Photo: Avi Ohayon / GPO via Flickr.
JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he will accompany Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi throughout his “historic” visit to Israel this week.
“Tomorrow, my friend Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Israel; India is the largest democracy in the world,” Netanyahu said Sunday. “This is an historic first visit by an Indian prime minister to Israel in 70 years and it attests to the fact that our relations with India have become closer in recent years.”
Netanyahu added, “This visit will deepen cooperation in a range of areas—security, agriculture, water, energy, almost every field in which Israel is engaged. I will accompany the prime minister at many events during his visit as befits the leader of the largest democracy in the world.”
The gesture of accompanying Modi throughout the trip is an honor reserved for the most important heads of state visiting Israel. Typically, Netanyahu will hold a single meeting and possibly a meal with a foreign leader.